Boit & Kosgei Break UA 10K Record while Sweepi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Josphat Boit and sophomore Peter Kosgei started the 2005 outdoor season with a bang late Friday night at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., when the outstanding distance duo both broke the UA 10,000-meter record with their first and second place performances. In the end it was Boit who took the tape when he ran a world-leading time of 28:07.27 and Kosgei was close behind in second with a clocking of 28:08.97.
“It was beautiful,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I was expecting them to automatically qualify, but just not that fast and now we can go back to their base training. Josphat (Boit) and Peter (Kosgei) are both great kids and hard workers. Even though they have been here a short time they have improved and made a real impact. Along with Jason Sandfort I was happy to get three qualifiers.”
Cardinal Ryan Hall served as a pace setter for the race and dropped out after 5,000 meters. At that point Kosgei and Boit began sharing lead duties. They controlled the race until the end as they swept the top two spots.
Boit and Kosgei’s one-two finish was reminiscent of when former Razorback standouts Daniel Lincoln and Alistair Cragg crossed the line simultaneously at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships to establish the former top two times of 28:20.20 and 28:20.29. In addition to besting the school record they easily surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 29:00.00 and guaranteed themselves at spot at the national championships.
Boit and Kosgei weren’t the only ones to punch their ticket to nationals. Senior All-American Jason Sandfort turned in an auto time of 28:55.26 for 15th place overall. Sandfort has become accustomed to solid performances at the Stanford Invitational, because it was only last year that he registered a career-best time of 28:29.58. Freshman Shawn Forrest was also in the race, but after going out too fast at the start he finished with a provisional time of 29:11.67. Forrest will now have to go for the automatic time later in the season.
The 78th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are next on the schedule for the Razorbacks. Arkansas will send a full team to compete at the meet in Austin, Texas on April 7-9.
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