Awad Heads to Birmingham for NCAA Championships

PHILADELPHIA In a career of many milestone moments, this weekend will offer one more for Thomas Awad of the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team. The senior is off to compete at his first-ever NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Birmingham Crossplex facilityin Birmingham, Ala.

Awad—who has competed at the outdoor NCAA’s on a pair of occasions—will see his first indoor action on Friday night—running the mile. He currently stands with the sixth-fastest mile in the nation, after a historical performance at the prestigious Millrose Games in February. Competing against a field of professional athletes, Awad raced to the fastest indoor mile in school and Ivy League history at 3:57.03.

Awad previously held Penn’s indoor record in the mile (4:00.20), and currently holds the Quakers’ top mark in the 3K (7:54.81), which he posted at last year’s Millrose Games.

Awad will compete in a field of 16 this weekend; with two preliminary heats on Friday night to begin at 5:30 p.m. The top four, plus the next two fastest will advance to the Final on Saturday at 4 p.m. Awad holds the second-fast mark in the field, behind only Blake Haney of Syracuse (3:56.36).

For live video of the NCAA’s, visit here. For live results, click here. Fans can also head to the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track Championship Central.