OXFORD, Miss. Ole Miss track and field sophomore Barnabas Kirui has been named a first team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Tuesday.
Kirui, a native of Kaplong, Kenya, joined 14 student-athletes from across the nation on the first team. He is the only sophomore to earn first-team honors. He was also selected to the first team District VI team, which covers the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Kirui won the 10th national title in school history when he claimed the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. He won four SEC titles in 2006-07 and became the fourth runner in league history to win all three distance races (5,000 and 10,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase) at an SEC meet. He was named the 2007 SEC Track and Field Runner of the Year and the 2006 SEC Cross Country Freshman and Runner of the Year. He was also named the NCAA South Regional Cross Country Runner of the Year.
In the classroom, the banking and finance major holds a 3.69 GPA.