The final race of his career probably didn't end the way University of Colorado senior Morgan Pearson would've liked, but there was still something to cherish in the end.
The CU senior from New Vernon, N.J., finished 14th in the 24-runner field in the 5,000 meters Friday in Eugene, Ore. He ran a time of 13 minutes, 54.99 seconds, which was good enough to make Pearson a second-team All-American.
It's the seventh time overall that he's finished with All-America honors, including twice in cross country. He has four such honors in indoor track.
Pearson sat fifth with about four laps to go before he started to fade. He finished 17th at last year's championships.
"Morgan did not have a great night," CU head coach Mark Wetmore said. "He looked brilliant and was right with the leaders through two and a half miles, but then he struggled the last couple of laps. I'm not sure why he was tired tonight. He looked great at conference and was good at regionals. Maybe it was just too long of year. He's had a good career for us and we are going to miss him. We are sad to see him go."
Oregon junior Edward Cheserek edged Stanford sophomore Sean McGorty for the national title, winning in 13:25.59. McGorty was second, 0.51 seconds behind. Villanova's Patrick Tiernan came in third in 13:27.07.
The four-day championships concludes today with CU having runners in the finals of the women's 1,500 and 5,000 meters. Maddie Alm and Dani Jones will run in the 1,500, while Kaitlyn Benner competes in the 5,000.
NCAA outdoor track & field championshipsHayward Field (Eugene, Ore.) Men's Track Events 5,000-meter run (finals): 1. Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 13:25.59; 14. Morgan Pearson, 13:54.99
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