Festus Kigen
Festus Kigen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Eldoret, Kenya

High School:
Kericho High School

Height:
5-8


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Two-time NCAA Cross Country Qualifier | 2010 All-American

2010
Kigen cruised to a sixth-place finish in the men's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships, crossing the finish line with a personal-best and new school record time of 13:50.21 ... By placing sixth overall, Kigen became the first Horned Frog in TCU history to earn All-American accolades in the men's 5,000 meters ... He also posted the highest-finish in program history in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Overall, Kigen simply crushed Glenn LeGros' former school record of 14:10.17, which was set in 1992 ... The Kenya native claimed first-place honors in the men's 5,000 meters at the conference championships with a seasonal-best and converted time of 13:51.72 ... His time, which broke the previous meet record, was also an Albuquerque Convention Center record ... By winning the event, Kigen captured the first Mountain West Conference title in the 5,000 meters in TCU history and the first conference 5,000-meter title since former Horned Frog great Kip Kangogo won Conference USA in 2005 ... Finally, Kigen's time sat No. 12 in the NCAA heading into the NCAA Indoor Championships ... In the men's 3,000 meters, Kigen clocked a personal-best time of 7:58.47 at the Husky Classic to place 17th overall in a high competitive field ... Kigen came back during the outdoor season to place second overall at the Texas Invitational in the men's 1,500 meters with a personal-best time of 3:46.22 ... Placed fifth at the MWC Outdoor Championships in the event, following a second-place finish at the Texas Relays ... He came into the NCAA preliminary round ranked in the top 30 in the West Region ... He qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene in the men's 5,000 meters, clocking a time of 14:10.23 to finish 12th overall in a highly competitive field that featured six of the nation's top 20, including four of the NCAA's top 5 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round ... The junior posted a seasonal-best time of 13:52.06, which is the second-fastest time ever posted in program history, at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Closed his junior season, finishing 14th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the men's 5,000 meters.

2009 Cross Country
Sat out during the 2009 cross country season.

2009
Sat out the 2009 track and field season.

2008 Cross Country
Kigen closed out the 2008 season representing TCU at the NCAA Championships where he finished 136th out of 252 competitors ... Overall, he led TCU in every meet this fall and finished 4th overall at the South Central Regional to punch his ticket to nationals ... At the South Central Regional, Kigen, who was named to the all-region squad, finished the men's 10K race with a time of 30:35.0 to record his highest regional finish of his career and TCU's highest men's finish since 2005 ... Kigen opened the month of Nov., earning runner-up honors at the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships ... The Eldoret, Kenya, native, crossed the finish line in 24:25 to earn the highest-finish for a Horned Frog on the men's side in MWC history ... During the regular-season, Kigen picked up Mountain West Athlete of the Week honors by clocking a personal-best 8K time of 24:18 at the Cowboy Jamboree ... He followed that up by posting a time of 29:44.11 at the Chile Pepper Festival, which was the third-fastest 10K time in the conference ... Kigen's 6K time of 18:40:93, which was set at the Baylor Twilight, led the conference, while he has finished in the top-10 in five different meets this fall.

2008
Earned all-conference honors in the 1,500 meters after placing second overall at the Mountain West Conference Championships with a time of 3:48.28 ... Also crossed the finish-line in second-place in the 5,000 meters at the championships ... Kigen placed first overall in the men's section A of the 1500 meters at the Texas Relays, crossing the finish line with a then personal best time of 3:50.30 ... At the Mt. SAC Relays, he placed second overall in the men's 5000 meters by crushing the NCAA regional qualifying mark with a time of 14:03.61 in the university division of the 5,000 meters ... At that time, Kigen's time was the second fastest time in the Mountain West Conference and ranked in the top 20 of the NCAA ... Just missed qualifying for the NCAAs, by clocking a time of 14:07.51 at the Midwest Regional to place eighth overall ... During the indoor season, he won the Rod McCravy Invite with a time of 8:14.57 in the men's 3,000 meters ... Kigen also placed third at the conference championships in the 3,000, while recording a personal-best mark of 8:05.05 to finish in second-place in the event at the Arkansas Invite.

2007 Cross Country
Kigen, a Kenya native, closed out the season representing TCU at the NCAA Championships ... Overall, he led TCU in every meet this fall and finished 10th overall at the South Central Regional to punch his ticket to NCAA's ... His 15th-place effort at the Mountain West Championships led TCU in Albuquerque, N.M., while his 10K time of 30:04.03 at the regional ranked second in the Mountain West Conference ... Kigen, who was named to the 2007 South Central Region cross country team, had a successful sophomore campaign, earning Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week following a fifth-place finish at the Texas A&M Invitational on Sept. 22 ... Overall, Kigen, who posted a season best time of 24:34:00 in the 8K, finished first overall at the North Texas Invitational on Sept. 15, while turning in back-to-back top-10 performances at the Cowboy Jamboree and Chili Pepper Festival, respectively this past fall.

2007
Competed in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters during the indoor season and the 800, 1500 and 5000 meters during the outdoor season ... Finished fourth in the 1500 meters at the MWC Outdoor Championships with personal-record time of 3:51.10 ... Placed ninth in the 5000 meters at the MWC Outdoor Championships ... Notched personal-best mark of 14:21.80 to place second in the 5000 meters at the Penn Relays ... Won the 1500 meters at the Horned Frog Invitational (3:56.30) Won the 800 meters at the TCU Invitational with a personal-best mark of 1:52.93 Placed second in the 800 meters at the Horned Frog Invitational ... Placed fifth in the 3000 meters and 10th in the 5000 meters at the MWC Indoor Championships ... Posted personal-best time of 8:16.79 in the 3000 meters at the Arkansas Invitational.

2006 Cross Country
Won first collegiate cross country meet by winning the Texas A&M Invitational with a time 25:16 ... Named Mountain West Conference Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Sept. 19 ... Competed in five of six meets ... Led TCU in every meet ... Teamed with Alex Morris at the Bear Relays where the duo finished fourth with a time of 38:35.94 ... Finished 13th at Mountain West Conference Championships with a time of 25:16.8 in the 8k ... Finished 25th at Cowboy Jamboree with a time 25:45 in the 8k ... Finished 23rd at South Central Regional with a time of 31:20.0 in 10,000 meters.

Personal
Attended Kericho HS in Kenya, where he was coached by Moses Chepkwory... Plans to major in electrical engineering... Lists being a tourist and reading novels as interests... Has three siblings, Angela, Alfred and Hilda.


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