NEW ORLEANS. – Junior Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya) of the USC Upstate men's cross country team was named to the 2011 Division I All-Academic Cross Country Honoree list by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as announced by the organization today. A total of 58 student-athletes, representing 36 institutions, compose the 2011 list.
This marks Kemboi's third academic honor this school year. He was named to the Academic All-Atlantic Sun Conference Cross Country Team during the fall semester alongside senior Jemeli Sang (Eldoret, Kenya) of the Upstate women's cross country team. He also earned A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for cross country. Kemboi boasts a 3.457 cumulative GPA, majoring in sociology.
"Gilbert is the definition of a student-athlete," said associate head coach Carson Blackwelder. "He sets a great example for our team."
Kemboi was named the A-Sun Runner of the Year after winning his second-straight conference championship Oct. 29, 2011. He crossed the finish line with a time 24:27.01 in the men's 8K, leading the Spartan men to their first Atlantic Sun team title. The junior also earned Southeast All-Region honors, finishing 11th at the regional meet Nov. 12, 2011 with a time of 30:21.6 in the men's 10K.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011. The All-Academic teams for Division-I will be announced by the USTFCCCA next week.