Wednesday, February 20, 2008
MACON, Ga. – In his final tune-up before the Atlantic Sun Conference’s Indoor Track and Field Championship on his home turf, ETSU’s Kenneth Rotich turned in a spectacular warm-up act, winning the 3,000m and the 5,000m races at the Clemson Invitational over the weekend. For his efforts, Rotich earned his first Indoor Athlete of the Week award, the conference announced on Wednesday. He won three such awards during the 2007 cross country campaign.
Rotich, a sophomore from Nairobi, Kenya and a sports management major, opened his weekend by outdistancing himself in a field of 25 in the 3,000m, posting a time of 8:32.32 for his second win in the event this year. His time set the mark as the fastest run in the A-Sun this season. On Saturday, he blazed his way to victory in the 5,000m beating 12 other competitors and again establishing the A-Sun’s fastest time in this event, crossing the finish line in a time of 14:57.76.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Perrish Goggins, UPST (Fr. – Jumper – Columbia, S.C. – Computer Science) –Set a personal record of 6-07.50 (2.02 m) and took first-place in the open flight of the high jump at the Tiger Invitational for his first career event win. It was the second top-five finish for Goggins this season
Joshua McNair, KSU (So. – Throws – Hinesville, Ga. – Information Security) – Took third place in both the shot put and the weight throw at the Tiger Invitational at Clemson. Set a KSU record in the weight throw and set personal record in shot.
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