Ram Jam: Eric Hamer Gearing for NCAA Indoor Championships
Eric Hamer was gearing up for the NCAA Indoor Championships around this time last year when the pandemic struck.
Hamer had done his pre-race run but the meet was then canceled.
Hamer, a sixth-year senior, is now gearing for the Division I NCAA Indoor Track championship being held March 11-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
"This is the big one," said Hamer, who owns the CSU record in the indoor 5,000 meters for a time of 13:37.73.
Hamer's past accomplishments include being name named an all-American in cross country (2018) and indoor track (2020). Hamer was also the Mountain West Conference Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year in 2020.
Hamer grew up in Monument, Colorado, where the school track was at a 7,000 feet elevation. He attributes this training for helping set up his college career.
Hamer sat down for a Ram Jam interview on the eve of the NCAA Tournament. He chatted about his running career and his 2003 Honda Civic, named "VIC" — because the "C" and the "I" fell off.
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