The Grambling State University men’s and women’s cross country teams produced a strong output this past Friday at the Lois Davis Invitational in Magnolia, Arkansas.
Sophomore Naomi Kiprop had a strong performance as she came in first place. The win was the second for Kiprop on the year. Kiprop finished with a leading time of 19 minutes and 28 seconds, completing the 5k course nearly one-minute ahead of Southern Arkansas Carley Hale. Senior Lady Tiger Halima
Chepkwony placed third in the meet with a time of 20:21.2. Sophomore Priscilla Kibet and freshman Winny Chirchir claimed the 8th and 10th spots with times of 21:25 and 21:31. Freshman Angelica Brown rounded out the individual scoring for the Lady Tigers, finishing 18th with a time of 22:45.4. Overall, the Lady Tigers placed second with 40 points, as host Southern Arkansas won the team standings with 34 points.
On the men side, Senior Hassan Chepkwony came in second place at 26:21.7. He finished nine seconds behind leader Southern Arkansas Lane Alexander. Chepkwony second place finish was his best this season on an 8k course. Junior’s Aaron Koech and Noah Rugut finished 8th and 10th at 27:56.9 and 28:01.8. Junior Hillary Kiprop finished 17th at 29:07.5 giving the Tigers their fourth runner inside the Top 20. Senior Jeremiah Kimeli and Freshman Bryson Bradford placed 38th and 41st with times of 31:40.9 and 31:58.6. Grambling State finished with 59 points.
Southern Arkansas won the meet with 24 points, with Arkansas Pine Bluff coming in second with 57 points. Bossier Parish Community College (116), Jacksonville College (120), and Arkansas-Monticello rounded out the six-team field. The Grambling State men’s and women’s cross-country teams return to action their Saturday Oct. 13 in Clinton, Miss at the Mississippi College Invitational.