On the Road to Oregon With Sophomore Curtis King
“Curtis would be the first to tell you he still has room to improve in areas of running, but there are few athletes who can build on the confidence gained from success like he can. When he is running well it seems to carry over to the next race.” – Barry Harwick ’77, The Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Head Coach of Men’s Track and Field
5000m (Final: Friday, June 13, 9:10 p.m. ET)
How He Qualified:
Running in the faster of the two 5000m semifinal heats at the NCAA East Regional at North Florida in Jacksonville, King secured one of the two at-large berths as he ran a 14:11.75 on Saturday night. King finished sixth in his section of the event, a placement that would also hold up in the final standings after a slower second heat, earning the first of two at-large berths to the national finals in Oregon.
- 61st at Cross Country Heptagonal Championship (25:06.91 – 8K)
- 5th Place / 5000m Indoor (14:24.95)
- 9th place / 3000m Indoor (8:32.33)
- 3rd Place / 5000m Outdoor (14:30.56)
- 7th Place 5000m Penn Relays Outdoors (14:08.47)
- NCAA Outdoor 5000m Qualifier (Eugene, Oregon)
The Herb Chase Track Award - Presented to the members of the team who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, has made the greatest improvement in his or her event through hard work, self-discipline and enthusiasm for the sport.
What His Coach Says:
“Curtis made huge breakthroughs this season in terms of improving on his times. Getting to Regionals was always the primary goal of the season, but once he was there, he ran a smart and tactical race that allowed him move on to Oregon.” – Barry Harwick
“His confidence got better with each race and I think we can point to his performance at the Penn Relays as the real turning point of the season. He really turned it up to another level and has maintained that compete level ever since, something that he has carried through Regionals.” – Barry Harwick