Camels runners finish NCAA Championships

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 6/13/22

Athanas Kioko and Dorcus Ewoi of Campbell wrapped up their respective stints at the NCAA Track and Field Championships recently.

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Camels runners finish NCAA Championships


EUGENE, Ore. — Athanas Kioko of Campbell earned honorable mention All-American honors Friday after finishing 19th overall in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships inside Hayward Field.

Kioko began the race in the back of the pack, but eventually worked his way towards the front halfway through the race. He couldn’t match the pace of the race leaders and fell behind heading into the final stint and into the finish with a time of 13 minutes, 47.61 seconds.

The University of Wisconsin’s Olin Hacker took first overall with a time of 13:27.73, while Michigan State’s Morgan Beadlescomb took second (13:28.38) and Northern Arizona’s Nico Young took third (13:28.62).

The event marked the final of Kioko’s collegiate career and follows Wednesday’s fifth-place finish in the 10,000 finals. During last year’s final, he earned All-American status after finishing third overall and setting the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history.   

He leaves as one of the most decorated CU student-athletes ever, earning six All-American honors and owning six school records.

Ewoi makes more history

Meanwhile, fellow Camel teammate Dorcus Ewoi earned second-team All-American honors in the women’s 800 at nationals Thursday inside Hayward Field.

Ewoi improved her own school and Big South Conference record, finishing with a time of 2:03.17.

She held the eighth-fastest time overall in the semifinal round, but missed out on qualifying for Saturday’s event final. Ewoi’s heat finished with the four fastest times overall and Baylor’s Aaliyah Miller captured the final qualifying time, ending the race just 0.12 seconds ahead.

Ewoi booked her first ticket to the NCAA Championships by posting the ninth-fastest overall time (2:04.08) at the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 28. The junior is eligible to return next season in hopes of improving her second-team All-American status.


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