McDonnell and Boit Earn Regional Honors
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After outstanding performances over the weekend Arkansas head coach John McDonnell and junior transfer sensation Josphat Boit were named NCAA South Central Regional Coach and Athlete of the Year as announced by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association (USCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Josphat has had a great year. He has really stepped in and helped lead our team. Hopefully it’s a sign of more good things to come.”
At the NCAA South Central Regional Championships McDonnell guided his Razorbacks to their 15th-straight regional title in Waco, Texas on Nov. 13. The Hogs tallied 34 points when its five scoring runners finished in the top 17 of the 10K race. Their performances helped UA edge out second-place Texas (51) for the team trophy.
Boit was a significant contributor to the victory as he extended his winning streak to five-straight. The Eldoret, Kenya native crossed the line in first place with a time of 29:43 and became the 11th UA athlete to win the individual title since 1991.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22 are next on the schedule for Arkansas. When the Razorbacks run on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course they will be in search of their 12th national cross country title and 40th NCAA crown overall.
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