Saturday, October 31, 2015

FAMU Wins 4th Straight MEAC Women’s XC Title

DOVER, Delaware – The Florida A&M University Women’s Cross Country team won their fourth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship here Saturday morning, becoming the third school in league history to do so.

FAMU, which has now won the last four titles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), joins Delaware State (1984-87) and Coppin (Md.) State (1991-94) as the only schools to win four consecutive titles.

Dr. Darlene Moore’s Orange and Green team was led by senior Cynthia Chelelgo, who finished first overall with a time of 17:49.60, followed by sophomore Judith Kibii, who ran second in 17:53,90.

An elated Moore said afterwards: "I am extremely proud of the way our young ladies performed, not just today, but the entire season. We've worked really hard all year to get to this point, and I couldn't be happier."

"FAMU was always my dream job for me," Moore continued, "and to be able to guide these young ladies to make FAMU history is more than a country girl from Georgia could ask for."

FAMU placed five runners in the top eight overall, with senior QuanDra Shanks (18:30.90) getting fifth; senior Effiey Kosgei (18:46.60 finishing sixth, and sophomore Fridah Limo (18:47.90) getting eighth.

Also competing for FAMU’s victorious crew were Caroline Kiplagat (19:22.50); Emmaculat Kiplagat (19:36.40); Nicole Kvitkaukas (19:39.20); Destiny Johnson (20:45.10) and April Polite (21:20.00).

Finishing in the top five teamwise behind FAMU were Maryland-Eastern Shore, Hampton, Bethune-Cookman and Morgan State.

FAMU’s Cynthia Chelelgo was named Outstanding Performer, while FAMU coach Dr. Darlene Moore was named Outstanding Coach.


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