How to Follow
Fans can follow along with the meet in three different ways. NCAA.com will provide a free, live video stream of the event on its web site. Flashresults.com will provide live results, and VMIKeydets.com will be on hand to post twitter updates (@VMISID) and record photos as able.
Regionals vs. Preliminary Round
This meet was formally known as the NCAA East Regional Championships, but several years ago, the NCAA's process for track and field championships was streamlined. A single meet is still held in both the West and East regions to determine national qualifiers, but all three events (West/East Prelims and National Championships) are treated as one large meet.
This means that Dmitriev's race on Thursday will be the "first round", with Saturday's event entitled the "quarterfinal". The West region's meet would have the same rounds, then the NCAA Championship site will host the semifinals and finals.
The Qualification Process
Dmitriev must make it through two rounds, the first round and the quarterfinal, to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. next month.
In order to reach the quarterfinals, he must place either in the top five of his heat, thus becoming an automatic qualifier, or finish with one of the next four fastest times among runners from all heats who did not automatically qualify.
Should he advance to one of Saturday's two quarterfinals, the top five from each of those races, plus the next two fastest times (again, from non-automatic qualifiers) will reach Eugene.
How He Got Here
Dmitriev comes into his first NCAA Preliminary round on quite the roll, as after earning runner-up finishes in both the 800 and 1500 at the Big South Championships, he went on to his first individual all-IC4A honor, a third-place finish in the 1,500. It was at May 1's Liberty Twilight Qualifier, however, where he clocked in at 3:46.25 to record his qualifying time for this event. He is the 41st of 48 officially declared qualifiers, and will run in heat two.
Dmitriev's First Round Opponents
Sam McEntee, So., Villanova - 3:44.53
Fifth in the 5K both indoor and outdoors in the Big East...achieved qualifying time at the Larry Ellis Invitational in mid-April.
Josh McAlary, Sr., Michigan State - 3:42.25
Ranked sixth in the Big 10 in this event...did not make the final at the conference championships after running 3:50.60, just 12 days after a 3:42.25 at Payton Jordan...was 11th in the mile at the indoor Big 10 Championships.
Silas Talbot, So., Dartmouth - 3:47.35
One of two Dartmouth runners to qualify (teammate Steve Mangan is in heat three)...slowest of the 48 qualifiers...joined McEntee of Villanova by qualifying at the Larry Ellis Invite...fifth in this event at the Ivy League Outdoor Champs.
Tyler Corkedale, Sr., Penn State - 3:45.93
Has had a very up and down year...finished third in a 122-runner field with this qualifying time at the Bison Outdoor Classic in mid-April, but then did not even make the final at the Big 10 Outdoor meet...has broken the 3:50 mark just twice in the 1,500.
Robbie Farnham-Rose, Fr., Alabama - 3:45.47
The lone freshman in this heat was the winner at the Georgia Tech Invite, when he ran a 3:45.47, but has been up and down, much like Corkedale above...Farnham-Rose has run anywhere from that 3:45 to a 3:51 in finals during his first collegiate outdoor season...was still fourth in the SEC with that 3:51 clocking.
Matt Hillenbrand, Jr., Kentucky - 3:44.66
Finished second in this event at the SEC Championships and ranks second on the conference performance list as well...was also the mile champion during this past indoor season...recorded his qualifying time at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Indiana.
Mark Feigen, Sr., Columbia - 3:45.42
Finished second in the 5K at the IC4A Championships...was fourth in this event at the Ivy League's outdoor meet...recorded his seasonal best (and qualifying time) at the George Mason Invite, finishing fourth...VMI's Dmitriev also competed there, but was in a different heat.
Rich Peters, Sr., Boston Univ. - 3:40.05
Top overall seed...achieved time at Payton Jordan Invite (Stanford) that was over two seconds below his previous seasonal best...has only run three races since June of 2012.
Juan Campos, So., Virginia Tech - 3:46.24
One of three Hokies to make this field - Campos is the slowest of the three, with a seasonal best time just .01 faster than Dmitriev...posted his qualifying time on May 10, the latest of anyone in this heat, and would not have made the field if not for that 3:46.24 effort at the Virginia Invite...12th in this event at the ACC Championships.
Adam Kahleifeh, Jr., Kentucky - 3:45.99
Ninth in this event at the SEC outdoor meet...qualifying time was 3.5 seconds faster than he ran at any other point this season.
Isaac Presson, Jr., North Carolina - 3:42.28
Second in the 1,500 at the ACC Championships...timed as low as 3:40 last season, but finished just 28th at the East Prelims and did not advance...this season, was also third in the ACC's indoor mile...bettered his qualifying time by over a second at the Virginia Challenge, the same event Virginia Tech's Campos qualified at.