Five University of Colorado athletes have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala.

Seniors Pierce Murphy, Morgan Pearson and Connor Winter will represent the men's team, while sophomores Kaitlyn Benner and Erin Clark are the women's team representatives.

Murphy will compete in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. A 2015 indoor 5K first-team All-American, he ranks 11th on the 3K (7:51.51) list and is sixth in the 5K(13:40.12).

Pearson, a 2015 indoor 5K second-team All-American, has again advanced to NCAAs in the 5K with a time of 13:48.18, which is 15th on the list.

This is Winter's first trip to nationals as he will race in the 3K. Winter's personal record (7:51.85) ranks 13th heading into nationals.

Benner and Clark are also running at their first indoor nationals and both will do so in the 3K. Clark has the ninth-fastest time (9:08.29) in the field, while Benner is 12th (9:09.75).

The men's 5K is scheduled for March 11 at 7:05 p.m. MT. Both the men's and women's 3K races will take place on March 12. The men run first at 5:10 p.m. MT and the women will follow at 5:25 p.m.



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