Redshirt sophomore Ryan Collins earned his first-ever All-America honor on Friday at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5000m, as announced by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Collins finished 11th in 14:06.98 in his first indoor track NCAA Championship appearance. The Mansfield, Pa., native earned an automatic berth into the national championships by finishing fourth at the Husky Invitational on Feb. 12 with a time of 13:46.41. His time shattered Virginia's 21-year-old school record, replacing Kris Herdt's time of 14:02.00 atop the program's record boards. His mark was also just 14 seconds shy of the all-time ACC record set by Clemson's Robert deBrouwer at 13:32.00 in 1985.
Collins, a two-time ACC Champion in the 5000m, is earning his first-ever national honor and becomes Virginia's first-ever All-American in the indoor 5000m. He and freshman Robby Andrews – the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 800m – both earned All-America honors this indoor season for the Cavaliers.