Chargers XC Teams Put Together Historic Runs at Nationals; Kibet, Langat Both Earn All-America Honors

RICHMOND, Va. — Both Carl Sandburg College cross country teams staged historic performances at the NJCAA Division II Championships on Saturday at Pole Green Park.

The Chargers men’s team took a program-best sixth place — highlighted by All-American performances by Calton Kibet (Kenya/Poiywek Secondary) and Josphat Langat (Kenya/Alliance) — while the women’s team finished 22nd, also the best finish in program history.

Kibet, the Region IV individual champion, finished fourth overall at nationals to become the first First-Team All-American in Chargers cross country history. Kibet completed the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 16.8 seconds. Langat was just behind in sixth place in 25:31.3, giving him Second-Team All-America honors.

The Chargers’ Emmanuel Kiprop (Kenya/Kericho TEA Boys’ Secondary) finished one spot away from earning Honorable Mention All-America, placing 16th in 26:06.5. Sandburg’s final two scorers on the men’s side were Nicholas Janson (Cambridge, Ill./Cambridge) in 79th in 28:27.5 and Brian Kipchemis (Kenya/Segero Adventist) in 88th place in 28:38.1.

The Chargers totaled 184 points in the meet. Cowley won the national championship with 82 points and had the top two individual finishers in Adrian Diaz-Lopez and Amos Pkiach, respectively.

Sandburg’s women’s team was led by Barbra Jepkirui’s (Kenya/St. Teresa Girls’ Secondary) 59th-place showing in the 5K race with a time of 20:55.6. Mary Njuguna (Kenya/Turbo Girls Secondary) also posted a top-100 time for the Chargers, coming in 87th place in 21:38.4.

Faith Kiprop (Kenya/ AIC Kessup Girls) was 139th in 23:11.5, Lily Sharum (Trivoli, Ill./Farmington) was 166th in 24:13.0 and Kelynn Boyle (Amboy, Ill./Amboy) was 182nd in 25:59.2 for the Chargers.

Sandburg finished with 516 points while taking 22nd to beat the Chargers’ previous best showing at nationals, 24th place in 2005.


Women’s 5K individual

Women’s 5K team

Men’s 8K individual

Men’s 8K team 

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