FROM: GOSHOCKERS.COM, Tyler Pounds — MADISON, Wis. – Winny Koskei finished 35th at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday morning, earning All-American honors.
In below freezing temperatures and scattered snow showers, Winny Koskei ran 20:32.1 to place 35th in the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships at the Thomas Zimmer Course. Koskei became the third Shocker under head coach Kirk Hunter to earn All-American honors.
She paced the first leg of the race in 6:43.1 at the 2,000m mark in 57th, she then moved up 12 spots to 45th at the 4,000m mark with a time of 13:48.1. In the last leg of the race she made her final kick finishing 35th with an overall time of 20:32.1.
“Her start didn’t go as planned,” said head cross country coach Kirk Hunter “With 1,000m to go she was in 42nd and had to really push to place in the top-35. Places switched dramatically the last 800m and Winny came out on top. She proved the point that you keep running and never give up.”
Koskei is the first Shocker to earn All-American honors since 2012 when Aliphine Tuliamuk finished fourth.
The redshirt sophomore finished her cross country season with an American Athletic Conference individual title, American Athletic Conference team title, American Athletic Conference runner of the week honor on Oct. 25, fourth place finish in the NCAA Midwest Regional and All-American honors.
“People overlooked her throughout the year,” said Hunter “She wasn’t predicted to win The American, they underestimated her at the regionals and she wasn’t predicted to finish in top-40 of this race. She continues to prove people wrong and I think now you have to take notice, I’m very proud of her and the way she handled herself throughout this entire season.”