Kemboi Claims Bronze Honors at Mountain West Championships

Junior Agnes Kemboi

Oct. 29, 2011


TCU junior Agnes Kemboi turned in the highest finish of her career to lead the Horned Frogs at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday.

“Agnes had a great day and we are really proud of her,” TCU cross country head coach Liz Wort said. “She’s been sick all week and took two days off leading up to the race, so we are thrilled with her performance at altitude. She ran really smart and conservative through the first mile and then worked her way up as the race went on. With the conditions and her sickness throughout the week, she definitely exceeded my expectations. Kelly Dawson also turned in a great effort today and I was impressed with her finish.”

With snow on the ground, Kemboi registered a third-place performance with a 6K time of 21:04.5 to turn in the best finish by a female Frog since Calandra Stewart earned runner-up honors in 2006 in Salt Lake City. The Eldoret, Kenya, native finished 16 seconds behind Ruth Senior of New Mexico, the 2011 MW individual champion.

After the race, Kemboi was honored with first-team All-MW accolades. The last TCU female to earn first-team recognition was Stewart in 2006.

Senior Kelly Dawson followed Kemboi with a 19th-place time of 22:10.7 to enjoy her best finish at the conference meet. Junior Tricia Terry also ran well Saturday, crossing the finish line at 22:44.0 for 32nd-place honors.

On the men’s side, junior Daniel Ludwig paced the squad with an 8K time to finish 44th overall. Sophomore Jake Rossmango and freshman Preston Newsome followed in 46th and 47th, respectively.

Overall, the TCU women recorded a sixth-place finish in the final team standings with 149 points. The Horned Frog men closed the day in sixth-place with 190 points. For a third-straight year, New Mexico claimed both team titles.

Members of the TCU cross country program will be back in action Nov. 12 at the NCAA South Central Regional in Waco, Texas.



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