New Orleans, La. — Missouri Southern sophomore distance runner Vincent Kiprop has been named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II National Athlete of the Week the organization announced today.
Kiprop, a sophomore from Kericho, Kenya, had a night to remember as the Kenyan broke his own school record in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays in California. Kiprop won the 10k elite race in a time of 28:19.95, which is more than a minute faster than his previous record that was set on this very track a year ago. The time is an NCAA automatic qualifying time, is tops in Division II by 31 seconds, is the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this year (any division) and is the 11th-fastest time in the world this year, according to the IAAF. The time is also the seventh-fastest time ever in Division II in the 10k.
Kiprop destroyed the competition that included mostly professional and Division I runners and won the event by nearly ten seconds. Kiprop is the reigning NCAA Division II 10k champion, indoor 5k champion and cross country champion.
The Lions will be in action this week with the squad traveling to three different locations including the KU Relays, Missouri S&T and the University of Arkansas.