Another Victory, Another SEC Honor for Boit
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After capturing his third-straight individual meet title at the Chile Pepper Invitational to remain undefeated for the 2004 cross country season, junior transfer Josphat Boit was named the Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week. It marked the third time Boit has been given the honor and it matched a record high for an athlete earning the honor in one year. The last league runner to be named SEC Athlete of the Week three times was Arkansas’ Michael Power in 1999. That same year Power went on to earn runner-up honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
“He (Josphat Boit) keeps getting better as the season goes on and the races are getting tougher, but so far he’s handling them and the tough competition,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to keep up the good work.”
Boit had an outstanding home debut at the 10K Chile Pepper Invitational on Oct. 16, as he crossed the line ahead of over 200 runners from 31 schools in a time of 29:22. The Eldoret, Kenya native controlled the entire race and finished nine seconds in front of the second-place finisher, Micear Bogdan of UTEP. Additionally, Boit’s performance helped the third-ranked Razorbacks claim the team title with 33 points.
Arkansas has also remained undefeated this season and it will look to stay perfect as it hosts the SEC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 30. The Razorbacks will try to extend one of the longest tenured championship streaks in collegiate athletic history as they are favored to capture their 31st consecutive conference cross country title, including their 14th straight since entering the SEC in 1991. UA won 17 consecutive Southwest Conference cross country crowns from 1974-90.
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