Pierce Murphy, a walk-on five years ago for the University of Colorado, capped his collegiate career Wednesday night with a fourth-place finish in the men's 10,000 meters at the NCAA outdoor track & field championships.
The CU senior ran a time of 29 minutes, 12.49 seconds in Eugene, Ore. The fourth-place finish marks the eighth All-American honor in Murphy's CU career. The Hanalei, Hawaii native took fifth in the event a year ago. He adds this to three All-American honors in indoor track & field and three in cross country.
Murphy was less than 3 seconds back of Oregon junior Edward Cheserek, who won the event for a third consecutive season in 29:09.57. The win also marked his 14th NCAA championship overall. Futsum Zienasellassie of Northern Arizona was second in 29:10.68, while Arkansas' Gabe Gonzalez came in third in 29:11.09.
Cheserek will go for a second straight title in the 5,000 meters today.
Murphy was fifth heading into the final lap of the 24-person event before he surpassed Kentucky's Jacob Thompson.
Earlier in the day, sophomore Adam Peterman placed 22nd in the semifinals of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, failing to qualify for Friday's final. He ran a time of 8:53.58 in a loaded first heat, finishing 11th. He did, however, end up beating out Pac-12 champion Aaron Nelson of Washington, who ran a time of 9:03.33.
The top five finishers in each of two heats plus the next two best times qualified for the finals. The top seven times all came out of the first heat, led by Louisville junior Edwin Kibichiy, who ran a time of 8:33.56.
The four-day competition continues today with CU's Maddie Alm and Dani Jones competing in the semifinals of the women's 1,500 meters and Erin Clark and Val Constein in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Buffs' Mackenzie Caldwell will run in the finals of the women's 10,000 meters.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.
NCAA Track & Field Championships
Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
Men's Track Events3,000-meter steeplechase (semis): 1. Edwin Kibichiy, Louisville, 8:33.56; 22. Adam Peterman, 8:53.5810,000-meter run (finals): 1. Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 29:09.57; 4. Pierce Murphy, 29:12.49