Kemboi Earns Third A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year Honor; Sang Claims All-Academic Team Nod
MACON, Ga. – Junior Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya) of the USC Upstate track & field team was named the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year, while senior Jemeli Sang (Eldoret, Kenya) earned Academic All-Conference honors as announced by the conference office today.
Kemboi was also named the A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country in the fall and indoor track & field. The junior claimed two titles at the 2012 A-Sun Outdoor Championship in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter. He posted an A-Sun meet record in the 10K with a time of 30.16.81. Kemboi won the 5K conference crown with a time of 14:59.49. He set a school record time of 14:16.66 in the 5K at the Duke Invitational and posted a program-best time of 29:51.99 in the 10K at N.C. State's Raleigh Relays. Kemboi boasts 3.457 GPA as a sociology major.
For the Upstate women, Sang snagged a spot on the Academic All-Conference team with a 3.477 GPA in chemistry. She earned first team and second team honors at the 2012 A-Sun Outdoor Championships. She won the 10,000-meter conference title with a time of 35:44.15 and crossed the line second at the conference meet in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:29.44. The senior recorded a program-best time of 16:35.36 in the 5K at the Duke Invitational. Sang also posted a school record time of 35:06.57 in the 10K at N.C. State's Raleigh Relays.
The A-Sun introduced the new sport-by-sport Academic All-Conference teams this fall to recognize student-athletes who embody the conference's mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better and participated in at least half of their team's games.