Two members of the Campbell track & field/cross country team were voted Big South annual award winners — Sabina Allen was named Big South Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, while Amon Kemboi was selected as the Big South Men’s Runner of the Year.
“What a year these two individuals had,” head coach Michael Kelly said. “We are extremely proud and equally impressed with what they accomplished. They could not be more deserving of these awards.”
Sabina Allen is the first Campbell athlete to be named the Big South Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and CU’s second female track & field annual award winner. Along with being selected as the Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Big South Indoor and Outdoor Championships, she claimed five Big South titles, broke six conference records and was a two-time All-America honoree in 2018.
After placing fifth in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March, Allen become the first Campbell women’s track & field athlete to earn All-America status. Her jump distance of 13.61m set a new school and conference record.
A native of Spanish Town, Jamaica, Allen won three conference titles in the 60m, triple jump and long jump at the Big South Indoor Championships in February. On consecutive days of the championships, she set new conference championship meet standards in the indoor long jump (6.18m, Feb. 23) and triple jump (13.44m, Feb. 24). Her long jump mark also set a new school record for indoor competition.
At the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, Allen took the long jump and triple jump titles with marks at 6.18m and 13.18m, respectively. She earned Second-Team All-America honors with a 12.99m triple jump performance at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June, finishing 16th.
During the regular season, Allen recorded the farthest outdoor long jump in Campbell and Big South history with a mark of 6.31m at the Virginia Challenge in April.
Amon Kemboi is the fourth-consecutive Fighting Camel to win Runner of the Year. In addition to Big South Cross Country Freshman of the Year and Runner of the Year accolades, he also earned All-America honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
In November, the Kapsabet, Kenya, native helped guide Campbell to its third straight Big South Men’s Cross Country championship. Kemboi claimed the individual title in the 8K with a time of 24:14.7.
At the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, he turned in a clip of 29:52.1 and finished 29th, picking up his first career USTFCCCA All-America honor.
At the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships in February, Kemboi won all three events he competed in – the mile, 3000m and the 5000m. His mile time of 4:16.06 set a new Campbell record.
Kemboi secured First-Team All-America honors with an eighth-place finish (14:17.42) in the 5000m at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March.
He was also the Big South Outdoor Track Champion in the 1500m and 5000m, bringing in times of 3:39.72 and 14:06.81, respectively. His 1500m mark set a new school, conference and Big South Championship meet standard.
Kemboi finished fifth in the men’s 5000m at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June with a time of 13:56.37. With just five laps to go, he took the lead from teammate Lawrence Kipkoech and led the competition until the final lap, eventually finishing 1.56 seconds behind the national champion in Stanford’s Sean McGorty.
Earlier this year at the Mt. Sac Relays, Kemboi broke his own Campbell record in the 5000m, turning in a clip of 13:37.48, a mark that also ranks third all-time in Big South history.