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JUCO Cross Country: NIACC’s Kipkemboi wins pair of weekly honors


This news story was published on October 24, 2020.
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Melvin Kipkemboi (front)
(Photo by Kirk Hardcastle)

MASON CITY – NIACC freshman Melvin Kipkemboi has been selected as the USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II cross country men’s athlete of the week.

Also Tuesday, Kipkemboi was selected as the ICCAC Division II men’s cross country athlete of the week for the week of Oct. 12-18.

Kipkemboi placed fourth at last Friday’s Indian Hills Invitational in a time of 25 minutes, 17 seconds on the 8-kilometer course. The time of 25:17 is the fourth fastest 8K time in school history.

The top three runners at the Indian Hills Invitational were NJCAA Division I runners from Iowa Central and Iowa Western.

This marks the third time in award history that a male athlete from NIACC has been named national athlete of the week during the cross country season. NIACC’s Wal Khat earned back-to-back honors to begin the 2016 season.

NIACC returns to action Nov. 1 at the NJCAA Region XI championships in Fort Dodge.

Kipkemboi’s 2020 season:

Season highlights: Kipkemboi was selected as the ICCAC Division II men’s cross country athlete of the week for the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 5 … Kipkemboi was selected as the NJCAA Division II men’s cross country runner of the week for the week of Sept. 7-13 … Kipkemboi was selected as the USTFCCCA NJCAA Division II men’s cross country athlete of the week on Oct. 20 … Kipkemboi was selected as the ICCAC Division II men’s cross country athlete of the week for the week of Oct. 12-18.
Grand View Open (5K) – 16:02 (3rd). Grand View Viking Invitational (8K) – 27:12 (7th). Trent Smith Invitational (8K) – 26:21 (2nd). Indian Hills Invitational (8K) – 25:17.5 (4th).
Personal bests:
5K – 16:02 (9-5-20)
8K – 25:17 (10-16-20)

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