Boit Named National and Conference Athlete of
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior All-American Josphat Boit earned two honors for his outstanding performance at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend. He was named the national Athlete of the Week by the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) and Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week. It is the Eldoret, Kenya native’s first time to pick up the national award and the fourth league accolade he has gained during the career as a Razorback.
“Josphat (Boit) started off the outdoor season with a great race,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I was really pleased with his performance and hopefully it’s a sign of more good things to come.”
Boit shattered the UA school 10,000-meter record with a world-leading time of 28:07.27. He claimed first place over a field of 37 other top collegiate and professional runners and broke the seven-year-old meet record of 28:16.60. The previous school record of 28:20.20 was set by Olympian and four-time national champion Daniel Lincoln at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition to finishing first he easily surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 29:00.00 and guaranteed himself a spot at the national championships in June in Sacramento, Calif.
The Razorbacks will not compete this weekend, but will take to the road on April 7-9 for the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
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