LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Tennessee at Martin sophomore standout Edwin Kurgat notched another piece of program history with a history 21st place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Saturday morning. With his record-setting finish, Kurgat garnered All-American honors.
Kurgat became the program’s first athlete to compete in the NCAA cross country national championship. He joins former cross country and track standout Ann Asipan - who competed in the NCAA Track Championship – to earn All-American honors.
A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Kurgat set a program record with his 10k time of 29:44.26 – besting his previous 10k best time set last week in the NCAA South Regional by 44 seconds. Kurgat competed against the nation’s elite, rallying from 156th place at the 2k split to finish 21st out of a field of 254 competitors. His finish ranked as the best individual finish – men or women – by a member of the Ohio Valley Conference in the championship.
The All-American honor caps off a decorated sophomore campaign for Kurgat. His accolades include All-Region and All-OVC honors along with being the OVC individual champion, a three-time OVC Male Runner of the Week and a National Cross Country HERO of the Week honoree this season alone. The season has been a campaign of progress, improving over freshman year’s times by an average of 80 seconds per meet.
“Our cautious approach to Edwin’s training, his talent and determination resulted in a historic day for our program,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “This is now the program’s second consecutive All-American honor and there is much more to come.”