Kemboi and Thomas Post Strong Times at Payton Jordan Invite

Kemboi and Thomas Post Strong Times at Payton Jordan Invite

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STANFORD, Calif. – Seniors Gilbert Kemboi and Cameron Thomas of the USC Upstate men's track & field team headed out West over the weekend, turning in strong times Sunday evening at Stanford University's Payton Jordan Invitational.

The Payton Jordan Invite is one of the strongest meets in the country as some of the best athletes in the NCAA compete alongside many professional athletes. In the men's 10,000-meter race, Kemboi crossed the line ninth in a school record fashion of 29:15.69. The Eldoret, Kenya native crushed his previous program-best mark of 29:22.96, which he set at N.C. State's Raleigh Relays March 29.

Thomas held his own in the men's 800-meter run, earning a 12th-place finish with a solid time of 1:52.17. He was two seconds shy of his season-best and school record time of 1:50.57, which he recorded at the Charlotte Invitational April 18.

"I was pleased with how Gilbert and Cameron performance this weekend," said Upstate Associate Head Coach Carson Blackwelder. "Overall, it was good racing and competing against other athletes at this high level will prepare them for championship racing."  

Upstate returns to action May 10-11, traveling to the Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Championships in Jacksonville, Fla., hosted by the University of North Florida. Follow the Spartans this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.