October 3, 2012

Kemboi Ties A-Sun All-Sport Record with 10th Weekly Award

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Contact: Katie Parker, kparker@uscupstate.edu

A-Sun Release

MACON, Ga. – Senior Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya) of the USC Upstate men's cross country team continues to set league records, collecting his 10th career Atlantic Sun Conference Runner of the Week honor as announced by the conference office Wednesday, tying for the most across all sports in A-Sun history.

Kemboi extended his lock on the most cross country weekly accolades in conference history, which he set two weeks ago when he won his ninth career Runner of the Week honor. After competing in three meets this season, the senior has earned two A-Sun weekly awards.     

The Eldoret, Kenya native claimed an impressive second-place finish in the men's 8K at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh Sept. 28. In the men's 8K, the top three finishers were separated by a total of three seconds. Mark Dennin of No. 15 Georgetown took top honors with a time of 23:57, followed by Kemboi two seconds later, clocking in at 23:59. Kemboi edged Duquesne's Jim Spisak, who crossed the line third in 24:00.

"Gilbert has done an amazing job of performing at his best at the big meets," said Upstate associate head coach Carson Blackwelder. "That is exactly what he did this week. In rainy and muddy conditions he was able to adapt and be in contention to win with less than 300-meters to go."

The Upstate senior came in second out of a field of 322 runners, which included a trio of nationally ranked teams, including the 15th-ranked Hoyas, No. 22 Villanova and No. 17 Princeton. Kemboi's time of 23:59 is the fastest time recorded in the A-Sun this season.

The Spartan men's and women's cross country teams return to action Oct. 13, hosting the Upstate Invitational at Milliken Research Park with a 10 a.m. start time.

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