JOPLIN, Mo. — Just two days after winning an individual title at Missouri Southern’s Southern Stampede, sophomore Gidieon Kimutai has been named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s National Division II Male Runner of the Week.
He ran the 8k course in 24:04 for a 17 second victory. His time also marked a new personal best at the distance, an improvement of 43 seconds from his showing last year when he finished second.
He also helped lead the Lions to a team victory over nationally-ranked Northwest Missouri State.
This is the third time in team history that a runner has won a national runner of the week award.