By Endesha Robinson/FAMU Sports Information Intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 6) – The FAMU Cross country teams are peaking towards the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships later this month, with another outstanding showing last Friday morning in the Florida State University Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park.
The FAMU Men’s crew placed second behind host Florida State, while the FAMU Women finished a strong fourth, both finishes in their respective university divisions and overall.
Leading the way for the resurgent FAMU Men was Kenyan David Too, who finished first overall with a time of 24:15.6 over the 8000 meter course. Too never trailed in the race and finished with a flury at the end, further distancing himself from the field as he completed the trek.
"I am very pleased with how David performed at the FSU Invitational. He has shown steady improvement and to set the course record and the FAMU record for the 8K is phenomenal for this young man at this early stage of his career. We look forward to even more improvement as he continues his career at FAMU," FAMU Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, Darlene Moore, Ed.D.
Festus Kemboi (25:03.3) ran seventh.Onesmus Kemboi ran 10th (25:22.6) and Boniface Mutai placed 18th (25:54.3) to round out the Top 20 finishers for FAMU.
Also competing for FAMU were Titus Kibii (28:08.7), James Oyetunji (30:47.2). Initial scoring had the Rattlers tied with the Florida Gators for second place, but the tiebreaker, individual finishing positions, put the Rattlers ahead for the sole second place finish.
Leading the way for the FAMU Women was Kenyan Emmax Kiplagat, who placed 12th overall in the 5000 meter event, in 18:29.2.
She was followed by Nancy Murgor (18:58.0), Mercy Rotich (19:04.7), Judith Kibii (19:23.0), Naomi Tanui (19:42.7), Fridah Limo (20:11.7), Ascar Koech (21:57.9) and Tamara Mason (23:03.3). The Lady Rattlers are churning their way into position for a five-time title defense at the MEAC Championships in Dover, Del.
"Our ladies are beginning to improve to the point where I feel they are ready for the tough MEAC competition. We are looking forward to improving over these next three weeks and preparing to defend our title," Moore said.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU will run in the Berry College Invitational in Berry, Ga., next Saturday in their final event before the 2017 MEAC Championships, Saturday, Oct. 28 at Dover, Del.