Athletics Department - News
Kirwa Places 1st in NCAA Cross Country Division II South Regional Championship
November 3, 2007
Emmanuel Kirwa, a freshman from Kapsabet, Kenya not only placed first in the NCAA Division II South Regional Championship, but also became the first runner in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic (SIAC) history to win the NCAA South Regional Championship.
Head Coach Frank Hyland, said, "This is a great accomplishment for Kirwa and BC Cross Country. He has worked hard all year and he deserves the reward, however, we still have more to accomplish. NATIONALS!"
Kirwa ran a 10K course (6 miles) recording a time of 31:53.9. While his 1st place finish earned him a spot on the 1st Team All-Region Team, he also qualified to compete at the NCAA Division II National
Championship in Joplin, Mo. on November 17th. He will compete against runners from schools such as Florida Southern College, Alabama-Huntsville, and the University of Tampa. Both UAH and Tampa finished with a total of 103 points. Harding University was just outside of the qualifiers in fourth place with 106 points.
Four runners earned individual qualifying spots, finishing in the top five in the race. Emmanuel Kirwa of Benedict was the overall winner with a time of 31:53.9. James Cheruiyot of Harding was second at 31:58.4, while Abraham Kiprotich (Morehouse) was third at 32:16.8 and Nao Asano (West Georgia) made the field finishing fifth at 32:32.
Oneil Williams of Benedict College also finished in the top 15 and earning a spot on the All-Region Team. Titus Rotich finished 19th and Charles Chirchir finished 58th, both are runners from Benedict College.
1 31:53.9 Emmanuel Kirwa FR Benedict SIAC 1
2 31:58.4 James Cheruiyot JR Harding
3 32:16.8 Abraham Kiprotich SO Morehouse SIAC 2
4 32:23.2 Luke Beevor SR Florida Southern
5 32:32.0 Nao Asano JR West Georgia
6 32:37.3 Stephen Hill JR Christian Bros.
7 32:42.2 Brandon York SR Alabama-Huntsville
8 32:54.9 Tony Nicolosi SO Tampa
9 33:09.4 Wojciech Kopec FR Harding
10 33:10.8 Brian Gowin SR West Florida
11 33:11.9 Mark Temple SO Alabama-Huntsville
12 33:15.8 William Koeppel SR Florida Southern
13 33:17.3 Ben Martucci FR Florida Southern
14 33:22.0 David Forry SR Tampa
15 33:32.2 Oneil Williams JR Benedict SIAC 3
For more, see Cross Country.
Source: BC Sports Information