Winny Koskei claimed her second consecutive conference title as the Wichita State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday morning.
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Koskei won this meet a year ago, and she repeated her success this year, finishing in first. She crossed the line in 20:15, which nearly beat her season-best time of 20:14.5 from the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
Rebekah Topham finished as the conference runner-up. She outkicked Tulsa’s Caitlin Klopfer down the stretch to finish the 6K in 20:29. That time is a new season best for the steeplechase All-American.
Coach Kirk Hunter said Koskei and Topham executed their plan to perfection.
“We obviously wanted to go 1-2,” Hunter said. “They executed it as perfect as they could’ve. Winny (Koskei) was very dominant. Rebekah (Topham) was in a dog fight with (Caitlin Klopfer) the entire race.
“To get first and second individually is kind of crazy, but they did it. I am so proud of them, and they’re great leaders for our team.”
The Shockers’ one-two punch led the way to a second-place team finish. The Wichita State women finished with 63 points, which was 26 points behind champion Tulsa.
Yazmine Wright earned all-conference honors with a 13th-place finish. She completed the race with a time of 21:03.
Halle Johnson showed her steady improvement was no fluke with a 17th-place finish. At last year’s conference championship, she finished in 52nd.
Abeba Sullivan rounded out the scoring for Wichita State with a 30th-place finish.
Women’s Team Results
1. Tulsa – 37 points
2. Wichita State – 63 points
3. Temple – 83 points
Women’s Individual Results
1. Winny Koskei* – 20:15
2. Rebekah Topham* – 20:29
13. Yazmine Wright* – 21:03
17. Halle Johnson – 21:24
30. Abeba Sullivan – 21:53
47. Danielle Rinn – 22:19
59. Hope Saunders – 22:40
*Denotes All-Conference Honoree