UNCP’s Kipkoech finishes 60th at NCAA DII championship

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Freshman Silus Kipkoech registered a 10K time of 32:19.2 to finish 60th out of 249 runners at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships on Saturday morning at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Ind.

Kikpkoech’s mark is the 17th-fastest mark in program history and he now owns two of the top 20 marks in school history after registering a 10K time of 31:23.55 on the way to claiming the 2017 NCAA Southeast Region championship just two weeks ago.

Saturday’s race capped a monumental rookie season for the Eldoret, Kenya, native who had already claimed a slew of honors including All-Peach Belt Conference and PBC Runner of the Year. Kipkoech also captured all-region and Southeast Region Runner of the Year accolades from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

He had also won five-straight races heading into Saturday’s event including top billing at both the PBC and NCAA Southeast Region Championships.

Kipkoech will return to competition in just a few short weeks when he joins his track & field teammates in Winston-Salem as the Braves open up the indoor portion of their 2017-18 schedule at the JDL College Kick-off Classic.


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