MACON, Ga. – For the fourth time in his short collegiate career, USC Upstate cross country runner Gilbert Kemboi has been named the Atlantic Sun Male Runner of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday.
On Saturday, Kemboi cruised to a first-place finish at the Eye Opener Invitational in a time of 24:13, establishing a meet record and shattering the time Kemboi set a year ago. The sophomore now owns back-to-back Eye Opener titles at the Milliken Research Park, which is set to host the 2010 A-Sun Cross Country Championships.
"Gilbert has put in a solid summer of training and it showed on Saturday," said assistant coach Carson Blackwelder.
In addition to the Milliken Research Course record, Kemboi broke the school's 8K record by 15.0 seconds to pace the men's cross country squad to a second place finish among 21 teams.
"Gilbert is a phenomenal runner and team leader," said head coach Jimmy Stephens. "It is hard to believe that he could run faster than last year, but he has stepped up and is determined to be competitive at the Division I level."
The Spartan cross country squads will see action again on Sept. 17 when they travel to the campus of Clemson University for the Clemson Cross Country Invitational. The gun is set to go off at 5 p.m. for the women's 5K and the men's 8K will immediately follow.
PLAYER OF THE
WEEK QUICK HITS
Gilbert Kemboi, USC Upstate (So. – Eldoret, Kenya – Nursing)
• Fourth career A-Sun Runner of the Week award
• Crossed the line 39-seconds ahead of second-place finisher
• Ran the 8,000m race in 24:13; 47-seconds faster than his time from last season
• Owns back-to-back Eye Opener titles
• Dino Bozzone (Sr., FGCU) – top Eagle finisher placing fourth; time of 16:47 at 5k hilly course
• Erick Kigen (Fr., Belmont) – placed third at USC Upstate Eye Opener; ran 8k course in 25:38
• James Post (So., UNF) -- clocked a time of 16:12.19 to claim the JU Short Course Duals individual title
• Andrew Weems (So., Mercer) – improved personal record by 1:21; Bears' top finisher