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SEC Cross Country Athletes of the Week: Week 5

55 days ago
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Men's Runner of the Week
Kirami Yego  Arkansas
Jr. Kenya

Arkansas' Kirami Yego produced the second fastest winning time of 23:14.1 over an 8,000m distance in the history of the Chile Pepper Festivals to win by a 22.5 second margin in leading Arkansas to a successful team title defense. He led a close trio of Razorbacks at the mile split in 4:40.1, then established a 15.6 second lead at the 5.5k split with a 15:40.1. Yego produced the third fastest time at Agri Park in any collegiate race, trailing a 23:09.9 by Razorback Josphat Boit on a different course layout in the 2004 SEC Championships.

Women's Runner of the Week
Doris Lemngole  Alabama
Fr. Kenya

Alabama's Doris Lemngole won the Joe Piane Invitational last weekend with a time of 16:05.9, the best 5K time of the weekend in the SEC. She helped her team to a third place finish in a field that included three other squads ranked in the top-30. It was her second title in as many races to begin her Alabama career. She also finished first in the Southern Showcase on Sept. 15. Lemngole also helped the Crimson Tide to their third consecutive top-four team finish of the 2023 season.

Men's Freshman of the Week
Jack DesRoches  Vanderbilt
Fr. New Orleans, La.

Vanderbilt's Jack DesRoches was the top Commodore finisher at the Joe Piane Invitational with a time of 24:45.7 on the 5-mile course. He was the No. 2 overall freshman and the top freshman finisher in the SEC. He helped lead Vanderbilt to a top-10 team finish in the Gold Division.

Women's Freshman of the Week
Judy Kosgei  South Carolina
Fr. Kenya

South Carolina's Judy Kosgei came away with both a win and a program record for the third consecutive meet. The Kenya native put her name atop the South Carolina 6K record book, winning the Paul Short Run with a time of 19:54.9. Her time broke a program record set in 2019 by a full 44 seconds. Kosgei bested Boston's Hannah Prosser who turned in a time of 19:59.1, holding off the fellow freshman for her third win in as many meets.