Kosgei of Hamilton Named Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

Courtesy Hamilton Sports Information

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Hamilton junior Peter Kosgei (Kapsabet, Kenya) has been selected the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Kosgei received the same award in 2008.

He was named the Track Athlete of the Year for the Atlantic Region on May 18. He has captured nine NCAA individual titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field in his three-year Hamilton career.

Kosgei finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run at the 2009 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships, which were held at Marietta College's Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta, Ohio, from May 21 to May 23. He won the steeplechase for the third straight year and defended his national title in the 5,000 meters.

Kosgei set Don Drumm Stadium records in both events. He recorded a time of 14:39.03 in the 5,000 despite the fact he finished the race with one shoe. A runner clipped one of Kosgei's shoes midway through the race, and he ran the last six laps (1.5 miles) with just one shoe.

Kosgei's time in the steeplechase was 8:56.67. He owned the best steeplechase time in Division III this year with the 8:52.87 he recorded at the Penn Relays on April 23.

Kosgei earned 10 team points for each event win at the NCAA championships and his total of 20 points put Hamilton in a tie for ninth place with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the team title with 46 points as 81 teams scored at the NCAA meet.