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Cheptoek qualifies for NCAA Championship

Cross country beat writer Emily Patton just found out via Head Coach Erik Jenkins that senior Patrick Cheptoek will be able to compete in the NCAA Championship thanks to an at-large bid.

Cheptoek finished 12th in the men’s 10,000-meter race at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday. Only the top four runners automatically qualify for the championship race, held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23.

We’ll have more on Cheptoek in Friday’s Herald.

-Sarah Hyman

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Cross country Pre-Nationals results

The men’s and women’s teams competed in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday.
On the women’s side, Janet Jesang finished 5th out of 249 runners from teams across the nation. In the 6,000-meter race, Jesang ran a 20:34 and was within 36 seconds of the winner, Jenny Barringer of Colorado. The women’s team finished 21st of 37 teams in the Blue Invitational.
For the men’s team, Patrick Cheptoek finished 47th out of 238 runners, completing the 5-mile course in 24:41. His first three miles were completed in 15:11. The team finished 32nd out of 34 teams in the Blue Invitational, missing three top runners in sophomore Kyle Chettleburgh, freshman Sabastian Rhode and senior Mark Bowers.
The race was a preview of the course the teams will run on in the NCAA Championship on Nov. 23.

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Cross country teams have strong showing in Louisville

The men and women cross-country teams competed in the Greater Louisville
Classic today.
For the Lady Tops, Janet Jesang won the race a 16:47 setting a new
course record defeating over 300 runners.
Marion Kandie finished 4th overall with a time of 17:21.
“Janet did an outstanding job coming out and running against quality
nationally ranked athletes,” head coach Erick Jenkins said, “Those two
ladies coming to a meet of this caliber and finishing in the top 5 is a
tremendous move for our program, and we are extremely excited about the
possibilities down the road. We have to stay healthy, and stay humble
and keep working.”
Purdue won the race (88 points), followed by Kentucky second (130
points), Louisville third (141 points), and Western Kentucky tied with
Missouri for fourth (173 points).
In men’s action, Patrick Cheptoek finished 16th with a time of 24:27 out
of more than 300 runners.
“Patrick did another fine job. The men ran very well. We are a young
team continuing to improve,” Jenkins said.
The teams compete next in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals on
October 17th.
-Emily Patton

The men and women cross-country teams competed in the Greater Louisville Classic today.

For the Lady Tops, senior Janet Jesang won the race in 16:47, setting a new course record and defeating over 300 runners.

Junior Marion Kandie finished 4th overall with a time of 17:21.

“Janet did an outstanding job coming out and running against quality nationally ranked-athletes,” head coach Erick Jenkins said. “Those two ladies coming to a meet of this caliber and finishing in the top 5 is a tremendous move for our program, and we are extremely excited about the possibilities down the road. We have to stay healthy and stay humble and keep working.”

Purdue won the race (88 points), followed by Kentucky second (130 points) and Louisville third (141 points). Western tied with Missouri for fourth with 173 points.

In the men’s race, senior Patrick Cheptoek finished 16th with a time of 24:27 out of more than 300 runners.

“Patrick did another fine job,” Jenkins said. “The men ran very well. We are a young team continuing to improve.”

The teams compete next in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals on October 17th in Terre Haute, Ind.

-Emily Patton

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Three Western athletes honored by Sun Belt

Senior midfielder Kellie Walker was named the Sun Belt Conference player of the week on Tuesday.

Walker, who had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 win over previously-unbeated Marshall, was named the offensive most valuable player at last weekend’s University of Kentucky Tournament.

This is the first career player of the week award for Walker, who holds third place in career assists and fourth in career goals at Western.

The Sun Belt also named senior cross country athletes Janet Jesang and Patrick Cheptoek as women’s and men’s performer of the week, respectively.

At Saturday’s Old Timers Classic at Kereiakes Park, Jesang took the women’s 5,000-meter race in a course-record 17 minutes, 7 seconds.

Cheptoek took the men’s five-mile race in 24 minutes, 24 seconds, the 25th man to ever break 25 minutes on the course.

– Sarah Hyman

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Western track team wins five events at Austin Peay — Hilltopper Relays in jeopardy?

In addition to the team sent to the Florida Relays, a second contingent of athletes headed to Clarksville, Tenn. for the Governors Invitational Saturday. Western took the top spot in five events ranging from distance running to field competitions at the meet, hosted by Austin Peay.

Marion Kandie followed up a winning distance run at Alabama with a first-place effort in the 1,500 meters in her second outdoor meet for Western.

Men’s distance runner Patrick Cheptoek also found success, posting a 9:15.60 to win the two-mile run. Monique Harris’ 1:04.60 topped the 400-meter competition. Harris also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.85 seconds. In field events, Adesola Adeduro won the hammer throw with a 152-3, Kara Dobbs rewrote the record books in the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 10 feet, two inches, and Brad Wright was the top collegiate finisher in the discus with a toss of 143-6.

Western now looks ahead to the Hilltopper Relays this weekend, the first meet hosted at the new Charles M. Ruter Complex. Significant damage to equipment during Sunday’s storm is threatening cancellation of the meet. Updates will be posted as information is released.

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