Top Performance #6 - Kimeli qualifies for NCAAs

Patrick Kimeli had a stellar 2010 cross country season (Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).
Patrick Kimeli had a stellar 2010 cross country season (Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).

CORPUS CHRISTI - Throughout the summer of 2011, will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2010-11 school year.

Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.

Top Performance #6 - Patrick Kimeli qualifies for NCAA Championship

Islanders cross country runner Patrick Kimeli had a remarkable 2010 season. It included many victorious moments and outstanding performances, but it was his performance at NCAA South Central Regional on Nov. 11 that qualified him to run in the NCAA Championships.

Kimeli started out the race strong running with the lead runners, but soon fell to the middle of the pack. His training and techniques are what helped him get in a late kick, returning him back into the top 10, with a finish of seventh. With a time of 30:27.8, he was the third individual in the race to qualify for the championships.

Patrick represented Texas A&M- Corpus Christi at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., where he placed in the top half of the NCAA Championships field with a time of 31.13.2.

Kimeli was also the Southland Champion in cross country, becoming the third runner in school history to take home an individual title. He topped the field at the Championship on Oct. 28 with a time of 24:47. He was named Southland Male Athlete of the Year for his efforts.

Top Performances:

June 16 - #10: Nikki Dunn battles the elements at Rio Verde Invitational
June 23 - #9: Jammer and Scott Go Off Against UTPA
June 30 - #8: Justin Reynolds Scores 26 in Home Finale
July 7 - #7: Mirna Cicak knocks off No. 1 player from defending Southland Champion Northwestern State
July 14 - #6: Patrick Kimeli qualifies for NCAA Championship

Top Moments:

June 21 - #10: Women's Tennis Defeats SFA to Give Them Fourth Loss of Year
June 28 - #9: Softball's Crazy Comeback Wins
July 5 - #8: Baseball's walk-off win over UTSA and comeback win over SFA at Southland Tournament
July 12 - #7: Men's Hoops Knocks Off Houston