This is the eighth in a series of features on the 2011 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor inductees.
FAYETTEVILLE – In the storied history of men’s cross country and track and field at the University of Arkansas, the name of Godfrey Siamusiye looms large in program history. During his time in Fayetteville, Siamusiye was a four-time NCAA champion, eight-time All-American and was part of four NCAA title teams for the Razorbacks. Siamusiye lettered for Arkansas from 1995-97.
Siamusiye excelled on the national stage for the Razorbacks during his time in Cardinal and White. He became the second NCAA cross country champion in program history, joining former Arkansas great Joe Falcon, when he captured the national individual title in 1995.
Siamusiye backed that up with a repeat performance at the NCAA cross country meet in 1996 and is Arkansas’ only two-time cross country national champion. During his collegiate career, he was the definition of automatic on the cross country course. Siamusiye never lost a cross country race as a Razorback.
The long-distance standout added two more NCAA titles to his resume with back-to-back victories at 10,000 meters at the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Siamusiye was also a two-time NCAA Regional champion in cross country.
The eight-time All-American-two for cross country, two indoor efforts and four outdoor accolades-also laid claim to 10 SEC titles for Arkansas. Siamusiye was a two-time winner at the conference cross country meet and earned a pair of indoor 5K titles. At the 1995 and 1996 SEC outdoor meets, he pulled off a trifecta each year with victories in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.
Siamusiye’s individual exploits translated into team success for Arkansas. He was a member of four NCAA title teams as the Razorbacks pulled off the triple crown in 1995 and captured the 1996 outdoor crown. Siamusiye also helped Arkansas to five SEC team titles, the league triple crown in 1995 in addition to 1996 cross country and outdoor team honors.
Arkansas’ records book still reflects the impact of Siamusiye on the program’s long-distance legacy. He still own the No. 2 time in the steeplechase with a time of 8:25.49 which he ran during the 1996 season. Siamusiye is also 10th on Arkansas’ all-time 5K list with a 13:37.80 performance in 1996.
A two-time Olympian for his native Zambia, Siamusiye competed at 5,000 meters in the 1992 Olympics Games in Barcelona and took to the track for the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
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