TERRE HAUTE, In. – UTEP senior Linda Cheruiyot clocked in a time of 21:42.4 in the women’s 6K, while UTEP freshman Titus Cheruiyot registered a 32:21.3 in the men’s 10K at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country National Championships at LaVern Gibson Championship XC Course Saturday morning.
Linda Cheruiyot finished 157th out of over 250 competing student-athletes. New Mexico’s Weini Kelati (19:47.5) won the race.
Titus Cheruiyot placed 152nd out of over 250 competitors. Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat (30:32.7) crossed the finished line first on the men’s side.
BYU claimed the men’s team title (109 points), while Northern Arizona (163), Colorado (164), Iowa State (211) and Tulsa (243) rounded out the top five. Conference USA’s Middle Tennessee placed 31st.
On the women’s side, Arkansas (96 points) won the women’s team championship, while BYU (102), Stanford (123), New Mexico (168) and NC State (190) rounded out the top five finishers.
Linda completed her senior season in cross country competition, as she opened the campaign with a second-place finish in the 5K at the Lobo Invitational with a time of 18:15.81.
Titus, in his first season at UTEP, opened his successful collegiate career with a first-place finish at the Lobo Invitational in the 5K with a time of 15:17.88 in Albuquerque, N.M. Titus claimed his second victory at the Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational in a 5-mile event (24:13.01).
He was named the C-USA XC Male Athlete of the Week on Oct. 8 following his performance in South Bend, Ind.