Langat Breaks Own 8K School Record, Jepkirui Also Wins for Chargers at Pre-Region Showdown

MALTA — Josphat Langat (Kenya/Alliance) broke his own 8-kilometer school record and Barbra Jepkirui (Kenya/St. Teresa Girls’ Secondary) dominated the women’s race to highlight an impressive showing for the Carl Sandburg College cross country teams at the Pre-Region Showdown on Saturday at Kishwaukee.

Langat’s winning time of 25:18 shattered the record of 25:49.0 he set earlier this season at the Bradley Intercollegiate. It marked the third time the Chargers’ 8K record has been broken this year. Previously, Calton Kibet (Kenya/Poiywek Secondary) had a record time of 26:45.2 at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational.

Kibet finished second Saturday with a time of 25:20 as the Chargers posted a perfect score of 15 points. Emmanuel Kiprop (Kenya/Kericho TEA Boys’ Secondary) was third in 25:21, Nicholas Janson (Cambridge, Ill./Cambridge) was fourth in 28:19 and Nicholas Seaver (Industry, Ill./Rushville-Industry) was sixth overall — fifth among team runners — with a time of 28:26.

In the 5K women’s race, Jepkirui earned her second straight race victory with a time of 15:48, finishing 41 seconds ahead of runner-up Elly Kuhn of Waubonsee. Mary Njuguna (Kenya/Turbo Girls Secondary) was third for Sandburg in 16:29.

Also posting top-10 times for the Chargers were Kelynn Boyle (Amboy, Ill./Amboy) in seventh in 18:24 and Lily Sharum (Trivoli, Ill./Farmington) in ninth at 18:32.

Sandburg won the event with 30 points, finishing ahead of Waubonsee (43) and Sauk Valley (49).


Women’s 5K individual

Women’s 5K team

Men’s 8K individual

Men’s 8K team

Region IV Championships, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at Kishwaukee 

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