FRISCO - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi sophomore Patrick Kimeli was named Southland Conference Athlete of the Year along with Emily Koenig of UT Arlington on Thursday. In addition to Kimeli, junior Julia Sambu made the all-conference team.
Kimeli became the third individual to finish first at the conference meet, joining two-time winner Shadrack Songok and Anne Ronoh. This is the second-straight year the Islanders cross country program had a runner named male/female athlete of the year with Ronoh capturing the honor last year.
"This is a big deal for Patrick and the whole program. He has really improved in the last year moving from 15th to 1st," said head coach Shawn Flanagan "He is just a sophomore with a bright future for us."
Kimeli finished first in Beaumont at the conference meet with a time of 24:47.0. Sambu received all-conference honors after finishing in the top 10 in fourth-place with a time of 21:43.1.
Next up for the Islanders is the South Central Regional hosted by Baylor University in Waco on Saturday, Nov. 13.