NEW ORLEANS – Senior Patrick Kimeli is one of 450 Division I cross country student-athletes to earn All-Region honors, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today. Kimeli earned the honor after placing in the top 25 at the Division I South Central Regional Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday.
"This is the third year in a row that he has made all region," Head Coach Shawn Flanagan said. "He has been a main stay of the program. After Shadrack Songok he has been our most successful male cross country athlete. He is a great fella and it's been fun coaching him."
The Eldoret, Kenya native, placed 15th to earn his third consecutive All-Region honor and is among nine Southland Conference runners to earn the honor. Kimeli fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships for his third straight year by just two spots. The senior wraps up a stellar cross country career at the Island University.
Kimeli was the sixth runner in the last seven years to represent the Islanders at the 2011 NCAA Championships after finishing seventh at the South Central Regional Championships. He finished with a 10k time of 30:39.4, improving his 104th-place finish and time of 31:13.2 from 2010.
After clinching the 2011 men's 8k individual race at the Southland Championships in Nacogdoches, Texas, Kimeli garnered his second consecutive Southland Male Athlete of the Year award. He crossed the line with a time of 24:50.6 to clinch his second consecutive individual title. With the win, Kimeli joined former Islander and current assistant coach Shadrack Songok as the only conference runners to win the Southland cross country 8k event and be named Athlete of the Year in two consecutive years. This season he placed fourth to earn his third straight all-conference honor.
Kimeli has one year left of indoor and outdoor track. During the outdoor season in May he competed in the 1500m and the 5000m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. He finished second in the 1500m and fifth in the 5000m at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.
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