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ACU’s Kipkosgei, SFA’s Ramirez Take Cross Country Athlete of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Kevin Kipkosgei and Stephen F. Austin’s Kelsey Ramirez are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.ACU and SFA each competed at the Arturo Barrios Invitational in College Station over the weekend for the final races of their respective regular-season schedules. Kipkosgei took on a field of 391 runners in the 8k race and crossed the finish line in 18th place with a 24:14.5 clip.Ramirez concluded her regular season with an impressive 11th-place outing in the 6k race that featured 242 competitors. The Ladyjack junior clocked in with a time of 20:45.3, helping the SFA team to an 11th-place finish in the 26-team field.The Wildcats and the Ladyjacks will return to action at the 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships Friday, Nov. 1 in Conway, Ark.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian – So. – Eldoret, KenyaKipkosgei took 18th-place individual honors at the Arturo Barrios Invitational over the weekend. In the 8K event, the sophomore finished with a 24:14.5, pushing ACU to a 16th-place team finish. The award marks the first of the season for Kipkosgei and the second of his career.Honorable Mention: Jaron Hamilton, Central Arkansas; Armando Villarreal, UIW; Titus Kiplagat, Stephen F. Austin.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – LaPorte, TexasRamirez put forth one of her best races of the season by finishing 11th individually at the Arturo Barrios Invitational Saturday in College Station. Ramirez’ performance helped SFA place 11th as a team, marking the best team finish by any of the five Southland Conference squads in attendance.Honorable Mention: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian; Sara Steimel, Central Arkansas; Alia Henderson, UIW; Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more