"I'm not that happy with my race, but I'm happy to be an All-American," said Cheruiyot, who ran a time of 29:09.09/
"The race didn't go the way I wanted," he said. "I wanted to stay in the top six throughout the race, but I realized I was falling back and I think that messed up my strategy. But then I realized I had a chance to be an All-American so I started to push and tried my best and ended up an All-American."
Auburn senior Elkanah Kibet also ran in the 10,000 meters for Auburn. He was 16th with a time of 29:30.46.
The Tigers sent two runners to the finals of the women's 200 meters as junior Sheniqua Ferguson and sophomore Nivea Smith look to repeat their performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships when they finished first and second. Running in the same semi-finals heat, Ferguson was first in the heat and fourth overall in 23.31 seconds while Smith was second in the heat and sixth overall with a time of 23.41.
For the men's team Felix Kiboiywo had his collegiate career come to a disappointing finish with a 17th place in the 1,500 semi-finals with a time of 3:46.96.
Auburn's top qualifier, sophomore Marcus Rowland, will run in the 100 meters final on Friday evening.