Kimeli Qualifies for NCAA Championship with Strong Regional Performance

Kimeli Qualifies for NCAA Championship with Strong Regional Performance

WACO - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi cross country team will once again be represented at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Patrick Kimeli became the fifth Islanders runner in the last six years to represent the program at the NCAA Championship after finishing seventh in the NCAA South Central Regional.

Kimeli started out strong, running with the lead runners at the beginning of the race but fell to middle of the pack, before a late kick returned him back into the top 10. He finished with a time of 30:27.8 and was the third individual in the race to qualify for the championships.

"Patrick (Kimeli) ran a tremendous race today," Head Coach Shawn Flanagan said. "His late kick was what helped get him into the top 10 which is great. We'll see how he does at the NCAA Championships, which is a great honor for him."

Ari Perez (72nd) was next for the Islanders in a time of 32:36.6, followed by Daniel Barlow (79th, 32:49.1), Justin Adame (93rd, 33:42.6), Jacob Abrego (97th, 33:48), Scott Vance (99th, 33:55.2) and Jason Garcia (101st, 34:04).

On the women's side, Julia Sambu narrowly missed making the NCAA Championships, finishing 15th with a time of 21:08.0, which was a career best. Teammate Sarah Kimiayo also had a personal best time of 21:37.4, finishing 38th.

BreAnna Briggs (62nd, 22:14.8) ran a season-best time, as did Danielle Higgins (65th, 22:16.3), Caitlin Arambula (77th, 22:33.3), Courtney Johnson (82nd, 22:46.4) and Kristine Torres (86th, 22:52.4).

"I felt we ran a better race today on the women's side than we did at the conference meet," Flanagan said. "Julia ran well and was real close to making it to the NCAA Championships, but I was happy with the entire team today."

Kimeli will run in the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 22nd in Terre Haute, Ind. at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.