Grambling State University’s Naomi Kiprop won the women’s race and Hassan Chepkwony placed third on the men’s course during Saturday’s Louisiana Tech Mook Invitational held at Tech Farm.
Running on the 4-mile course, Kiprop was in fourth place after two laps, but on the back end of the course, she turned it on and sprinted to a first-place time of 15 minutes and 37 seconds – beating the field by 14 seconds.
Halima Chepkwony placed just outside the Top 10 in 11th place, with a time of 16:46.8, while Winny Chirchir claimed 13th in 17:21.1. Priscilla Kibet finished 21st in 18:41.1 and Angelica Brown came across the line in 18:38.3, which was good enough for 26th.
Grambling State finished in a tie for second, but due to the tiebreaker, took third with 72 points. Northwestern State, which claimed spots third through eighth, won the meet with 29 points. Louisiana Tech also finished with 72 points, but won the tiebreaker over Grambling State to claim second. Louisiana-Monroe (104), Alcorn State (111) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (129) rounded out the women’s field.
On the men’s side, Hassan Chepkwony run up toward the front of the pack and held the lead for most of the race, but couldn’t hold off runners from Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech in claiming third, with a time of 20:42.2.
Aaron Koech finished in 15th, with a time of 22:15.8, while Noah Rugut (22:33.6) and Hillary Kiprop (22:37.6) crossed in 18th and 20th, respectively. Jeremiah Kimeli (33rd) ran in 24:18.8 and Bryson Bradford (37th) finished in 25:00.4.
Grambling State finished in third with 79 points, as Louisiana Tech won the meet with 29 points. Northwestern State took second at 68 points. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (83), Jackson State (111) and Alcorn State (168) rounded out the men’s field.
The Grambling State men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Saturday, Sept. 29 at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede in Lake Charles, La.
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