CORPUS CHRISTI – Junior Patrick Kimeli has been named the GoIslanders.com Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Pepsi. Kimeli earned the award for his first place-finish at the 36th Annual Justin F. Cooper Memorial Rice Invitational on Friday.
For the second straight meet, Kimeli finished as the top individual runner in the men's race against nine other schools. The junior led the men's 5k, crossing the line with a time of 16:52, three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Alex Littlewood of McNeese State.
The Eldoret, Kenya, native helped the Islanders to the runner-up spot with 67 points, finishing behind No.4 Lamar, which took first with 36 points. The Islanders finished in front of three higher ranked teams in the USTFCCCA Regional rankings, including host No. 8 Rice (3) along with Southland foes No. 7 Stephen F. Austin (4) and No. 6 McNeese State (6).
The runner-up finish helped the men's team move up four spots in the rankings to the No. 6 slot, behind Lamar and UTSA in the Southland.
The Islanders will return home to host the Islander Splash on Fri., Sept. 23, at West Guth Park. The women's 5k will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the men's 8k at 6:25 p.m.
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2011-12 GoIslanders.com Student-Athlete of the week, presented by Pepsi Weekly Winners:
9-7-11: Jessica Korda, Volleyball
9-13-11: Brooke Alverson, Volleyball
9-20-11: Patrick Kimeli, Cross Country