Kemboi Concludes Storied Career with A-Sun’s Highest Honors

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Contact: Katie Parker, kparker@uscupstate.edu

A-Sun Release 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At the conclusion of the second day of the Atlantic Sun Conference meetings Wednesday, the league announced its year-end awards and Gilbert Kemboi of the USC Upstate men's cross country and track & field teams was named the A-Sun Male Student-Athlete of the Year and A-Sun Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient.

These conference honors come after Kemboi's senior campaign, which saw him earn Capital One Academic All-District Team honors and receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as one of only 58 student-athletes in the country.

Kemboi boasts a 3.587 GPA, while majoring in sociology. He is a five-time A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field since the league introduced the award in 2011-12. The Eldoret, Kenya native has earned the Conference Scholar classification from the Atlantic Sun, is a three-time member of the A-Sun All-Academic team and is a multiple winner of the sport specific academic all-conference teams for cross country and track & field.  

Not only has Kemboi been a standout in the Atlantic Sun academically during his four years, but athletically as well. He is a 12-time individual A-Sun champion. After finishing second at the conference cross country championship his freshman year, he then rattled off three-straight individual championship wins and led the Upstate men's cross country team to consecutive titles in 2011 and 2012. Kemboi is a two-time Southeast All-Region selection in cross country and finished just two spots out of All-America status at the 2012 NCAA National Championship. 

The Spartan harrier's winning ways carried over to the track as well. Kemboi is a four-time champion in the 5,000-meter and a three-time champion in the 3,000-meter at the A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships, owning the meet record in both of those events. He is just the second A-Sun indoor track athlete to win an event four times.

Kemboi claimed back-to-back titles in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races the last two seasons at the A-Sun Outdoor Track & Field Championships and holds the meet record in the 10K. He has earned 14 all-conference honors and has been named the A-Sun Most Outstanding Runner/Performer a combined five times for cross country and track & field.

During his four years at Upstate, Kemboi has also been active in the community and taken on leadership roles on campus. He has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, volunteered on the USC Upstate orientation staff, worked with the International Club and has been a part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the Spartanburg, S.C., community, Kemboi has partnered with the Spartanburg Foster Parents Association and the Spartanburg Boys and Girls Club.

Kemboi plans on using his postgraduate scholarships to pursue a master's degree in Sociology with the goal of becoming a college professor.   

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