Spartansí and Lady Bison Look To Defend Their Titles
Sahar Abdur-Rashid

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Ė The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross Country Championship will be held at the SAS Soccer Park on Friday, October 27 in Cary, North Carolina. The women will begin their five kilometer course at 9:45 a.m. followed by the men who will run an eight kilometer course starting at 10:30 a.m.

Norfolk State will look to win its seventh consecutive menís MEAC Cross Country Championship.  The Spartans are led by defending menís MEAC Outstanding Performer David Kemboi. Kemboi helped the Spartans take home the crown by running a time of 23:30.1 during last yearís race.  Norfolk State currently has six runners that hold positions among the top 20 MEAC performances this season. Kemboi (23:54), Dominic Luka (25:18.40) and Jonathan Soimo (25:20) rank first, second and third in the league respectively.

Florida A&M, who finished second to Norfolk State at last yearís championships, will try to dethrone the Spartans with three of its runners who also have top 20 MEAC times. Maryland Eastern Shore who finished fourth last year and were runners-up in 2004 can not be counted out. The Hawks also have three runners ranked among the top 20 in the league. Their top performer, Alfred Singoei, was the top finisher for the Hawks at last yearís championship (23:45.0). Singoei has continued his stride and has won four races this season.

On the womenís side, Howard captured their third title in four years at last yearís championship.

Jessica Neal leads the Bison and the MEAC women with the fastest time this season at 18:09.17, which she ran at the Cappy Anderson Invitational on September 23.

Hamptonís Krystle Medlin was named MEAC Outstanding Performer finishing with a time of 18:34.3 to win the womenís race at last yearís championship.  The Pirates took home a third place showing and had three runners finish among the top 15 to earn All-MEAC accolades.  The Pirates have six runners ranked among the top 20 in the league this season. Medlin leads the pack with her time of 18:47 that she ran at the Norfolk State Invitational on October 7.

Maryland Eastern Shore will look to rebound from its ninth place showing at last year championship. The Lady Hawks have three of the top five times in the league this season and are led by sophomore Janeth Chelangat, who finished fourth during last yearís championship race to earn All-MEAC honors. Chelangat is currently third in the league with her time of 18:20.63 that she ran at the Cappy Anderson Invitational on September 23.