The 2011 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships continued Friday evening with the preliminary for the men's 5000m race. In order to advance to the final John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo would need to finish in the top six of their respective heats, or post one of the next four fastest times. Competing in separate heats, Gilbertson and Pizzo both ran tactically conservative races, putting them in great position to move on fresh for Saturday's final. Gilbertson finished fourth in his heat, running a comfortable 14:55. The second heat went a little faster, Pizzo finishing 5th with a time of 14:40. The final promises to be a thriller, with both men looking to chase down NAIA All American Honors, and perhaps a National Title. Check back later for results.