Kirui Named To USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday that Ole Miss distance runner Barnabas Kirui was selected to its All-Academic team for his efforts in the classroom and on the cross country course. 

The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish among the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.
 
The 58 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees represent 35 schools around the country.
 
The list also includes five regional champions and seven who finished in the nation’s top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Kirui was also selected as a recipient of the 2009 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country All-American award after turning in a fourth place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a 10k time of 29:24.1 to post the highest championships finish for an Ole Miss athlete in school history.  He bested Pablo Sierra’s 45th-place finish in 1992.

He raced to a second place finish at the NCAA South Regional with a 10k time of 29:44.48 to become the first athlete in school history to earn an invitation to the NCAA Cross Country Championships on two different occasions.

Kirui won his second SEC Cross Country Championship of his career last season by taking the conference crown with a time of 24:24.75 at the Ole Miss Golf Course en route to an All-SEC selection and SEC Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year accolades.

He is the only athlete in school history to be a two-time SEC Cross Country champion and is one of only two athletes ever at Ole Miss to win the title.  Sierra won the first individual title in school history in 1992. 

The Kaplong, Kenya native opened the 2009 season by winning the Brooks Twilight Classic and setting a new course record with a time of 19:00.77 in the four mile run.

He went on to turn in a third place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic in the 8k with a time of 23:52.42.  Kirui followed that by winning the Ole Miss/Samford Dual Meet by posting a new 5k course record time of 14:59.29. 

In his final meet before the championships, Kirui finished ninth at the NCAA Pre-Nationals with a time of 23:55.50 in the 8k and had the top time of any SEC runner at the meet.
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