Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – TCU senior Agnes Kemboi competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. The senior finished 83rd overall with a career-best 6K time of 20:39.7.
“I thought she did really well,” cross country head coach Liz Wort said. “We were very proud that she finished with her best time of the season. She was almost 40 seconds better at nationals than last season. She had a lot of fun and overall it was a really good day.”
Kemboi had to fight it out among the best runners in the country, and did a fine job. Without having teammates there to pace or strategically move up the field with, Wort felt her star did a good job.
“It is a very competitive field and the race went out very quickly,” Wort noted. “We just wanted to make sure that she stayed srong. It is 250 of the best runners in the country, and it can be hard to move up on such a tight course.”
Kemboi took out her first 2K in 6:35 and was clocked at the half-way mark at 10:07.
“She began to move up halfway through the race,” Wort stated. “She made some really good progress in the second half of the run. I have seen plenty of runners who are aggressive early pay for it later. We wanted her to run the course, and not the competitors around her, and she did that very well.”
A second appearance at the NCAA Championships wrapped up Kemboi’s cross country career at TCU. She was also an all-conference and all-region honoree twice in her cross country career in Fort Worth.
“You should never be disappointed running your best time in your last race,” Wort said. “I thought she ran a good race, and that is all we asked of her.”
It is now on to the track and field season for the Horned Frogs, with only two months until the first indoor meet of the season. Wort hopes Kemboi’s success translates to the ovals.
“She held up much better than last season,” Wort noted. “She will train hard over winter break. I think she can compete with the best athletes in the Big 12. We have told her that she can do it on the track as well as in cross country. We have high goals for the conference meets with an eye on making the NCAA Championships.”
The TCU indoor track and field season begins Jan. 19 at the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.