TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman runner Kirami Yego closed out his impressive 2021 campaign Saturday morning with a top 100 finish at the NCAA Championships hosted by Florida State at Apalachee Regional Park. Yego placed 98th at the meet with a time of 30:08.2 in the men’s 10k.

The Kapenguria, Kenya native climbed as high as 71st during the meet at the 7000m mark.

BYU’s Conner Matz won the individual title on the men’s side crossing the line with a time of 28:33.1, while Northern Arizona captured the team title scoring 92 points. BYU’s Whittni Orton also won the women’s 8k prior to the men’s race with a time of 19:26.4, while North Carolina State (84 points) took home team honors.

Date: 11/20
Meet: NCAA Championships
Host: Florida State
Place: Apalachee Regional Park (Tallahassee, Fla.)

MEN’S – 10K

1. Conner Matz, BYU (28:33.1); 2. Wesley Kiptoo, Iowa State (28:38.7); 3. Athanas Kioko, Campbell (28:40.9); 4. Charles Hicks, Stanford (28:47.2); 5. Morgan Beadlescomb, Michigan State (28:50.6); 6. Adriaan Wildschutt, Florida State (28:52.0); 7. Abdihamid Nur, Northern Arizona (28:52.9); 8. Casey Clinger, BYU (28:55.7); 9. Haftu Strinzos, Villanova (28:57.3); 10. Dylan Jacobs, Notre Dame (28:57.5)
98. Kirami Yego, South Alabama (30:08.2)

MEN’S – 10K

1. Northern Arizona (92); 2. Iowa State (137); 3. Oklahoma State (186); 4. Arkansas (195); 5. Stanford (236); 6. Tulsa (237); 7. BYU (246); 8. Colorado (249); 9. Notre Dame (290); 10. Wake Forest (356); 11. Wisconsin (361); 12. Harvard (364); 13. Washington (373); 14. Texas (393); 15. Ole Miss (395); 16. Portland (430); 17. Air Force (453); 18. North Carolina (460); 19. Syracuse (485); 20. Florida State (517); 21. Minnesota (518); 22. Georgetown (566); 23. Princeton (567); 24. Southern Utah (573); 25. Michigan (588); 26. Gonzaga (612); 27. Alabama (640); 28. Butler (643); 29. Oregon (655); 30. Michigan State (681); 31. Furman (688)
— SOUTH ALABAMA (No Team Score)

MEN’S – 8K

98. Kirami Yego (30:08.2)

– The meet marked just the second 10k race of Yego’s young career. 
– Yego’s performance marked the first by a Jaguar male runner at the NCAA Championships since 2014 when Christoph Graf competed. He is also the ninth runner to run at the postseason meet.
– Yego’s time of 30:08.2 is the third-fastest by a Jaguar runner in the 10k at the NCAA Championships (David Kamini – 1999 – 30:06.60, Tonny Okello – 2005 – 30:08.0).
– His finish was the highest by a South runner at the meet since Zac Edwards finished 79th during the 2009 season.
– He was one of three Sun Belt runners at the meet, Yego finished first among the group.
– This was the first time that Florida State has hosted the national championship evet.

Head coach Parker Cowles

– On Kirami Yego’s performance at the NCAA Championships: “I’m pretty happy with his performance. It’s his freshman year and running two 10k’s eight days apart takes a lot of experience and is very grueling. I thought he did a really good job today of competing and kind of put himself in there. He came out aggressive and I think that might have cost him a little bit, but it was good to see him inject himself and go for something big. I’m really pleased with a top 100 finish out of him. It was a good end of the season performance for him to latch on to and get ready for indoor [season].”
– On what Yego can take away from this season and the experience of competing at the NCAA Championships: “He’s only been running about three years competitively, so coming to meets like this and everything that he’s gained from this season I feel will go a long way in terms of how he executes and approaches races. I hope he learned a little bit today about pacing himself and being deliberate, but he’s also gained a lot of experience in terms of hanging on, being tough and competing at a high level this year. I think he’ll take that with him into indoor [season] and hopefully we’ll see some big PR’s [personal best] out of him and good competition.”

– The 2021 cross country season is concluded.

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