Kimaiyo Finishes Fourth at NCAA Championships, Earns All-America Honor

All-American Risper Kimaiyo

All-American Risper Kimaiyo

Nov. 22, 2010

Sophomore Risper Kimaiyo attained her second consecutive top-10 finish crossing the finish line fourth at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday morning.

“Risper has really matured into a national athlete,” head coach Paul Ereng said from Terre Haute. “This is good for the team and our program. Every year this race is ran under different conditions and she’s showing signs of becoming a national champion.”

The All-American clocked in a time of 20:16 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course to improve her finish from last year’s national meet of ninth place. With the finish, the Iten, Kenya, native earned her second cross country All-American honor of her career awarded by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Kimaiyo also garnered All-American accolades earlier this year during the outdoor track and field season.

“I ran a good race and I gave everything I had,” Kimaiyo said. “I felt tired with one kilometer to go but I fought on. This year is over and I look forward to the next.”

Junior teammate Kathya Garcia posted a time of 21:32 to finish 127th improving her time from last year’s race of 21:35.

“I am disappointed with my results,” Garcia said. “I let the wind affect my performance in this race. This was not a super season for me. I expected to do more but I didn’t. I will move on from this and to forward to next year.”



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