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Four Miners garner Top-10 finishes at the C-USA XC Championships

Senior Carolyne Chepkosgei (seventh place), junior Karoline Daland (ninth), sophomore Titus Cheruiyot (fifth) and junior Rodgers Korir (sixth) notched all-conference performances at the 2020 Conference USA Cross Country Championships at Veterans Park in Birmingham on Halloween morning.

In the men’s 8K competition, Cheruiyot clocked in a 24:11.7, placing fifth, while Korir (24:22.97) finished right on his heels in sixth place. On the women’s side in the 6K event, Chepkosgei ran a 21:38.43 to place seventh, and Daland registered a personal-best 21:39.54 for a ninth-place showing.

Cheruiyot, Korir and Chepkosgei earned All-C-USA First Team honors, while Daland was named All-C-USA Second Team.

Rounding out the women’s side, sophomores Joan Kimaiyo (22:59.28 in 33rd) and Valerie Gonzalez (24:57.72) produced personal-best times. Senior Andrea Lucero (23:42.92) placed 55th, and sophomore Jacquilyn Orozco recorded a season-best time 26:23.08.

For the men, sophomore Kenneth Talavera placed 27th with a personal-best time 25:37.03, and Boaz Ronoh (26:15.83) placed 38th. Juniors Michael Sims (26:41.61 in 49th) and Yusuf Mohamud (27:50.84 in 62nd) also registered personal-best times.

Overall, the men finished in fifth place with 125 points, as Charlotte won the team title with 31 points. Middle Tennessee (74 points), Rice (82) and North Texas (110) rounded out the next three places. The women finished in seventh place with 175 points. Middle Tennessee won the team event with 31 points.

Rice’s Grace Forbes (19:58.60) won the women’s individual race, and Charlotte’s Nickolas Scudder (23:36.28) was crowned champion in the men’s event.