Kimaiyo Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
Feb. 9, 2012
EL PASO – All-American Risper Kimaiyo named to the 2011 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic cross country team, the organization announced on Thursday.
With a 3.61 GPA, Kimaiyo is pursuing a degree in nursing. The five-time All-American selection became the first woman in program and conference history to claim back-to-back Mountain Region titles. The All-American clocked the 25th-best time of 20:12.7 at the 2011 NCAA Championship, earning cross country All-American honors for the third year. She also took top honors for the second consecutive year at the 2011 Pre-National Invitational (20:19) and finished second at the C-USA Championship (16:14.7).
Kimaiyo is involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Miner Gems. The junior was a recipient of the 2011 C-USA Spirit of Service Award. This is Kimaiyo fourth consecutive USTFCCCA All-Academic honor.
A total of 104 student-athletes represent the 67 institutions that compose the All-Academic women’s team.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.