LAWRENCE, Kan. – Waldorf College men's cross country runners Boaz Kipkemei and Cody Clark chased down second-team all-conference honorable mention recognition during Saturday's Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championship.
"The effort and focus was really good by all of our guys," Waldorf coach Kendrick Clay said. "Boaz and Cody led the charge and it was a fantastic effort. If you could witness it, you would've been very proud."
Kipkemi recorded the top finish for the Warriors. The freshman from Eldoret, Kenya locked up 10th place as he toured the 8K course with a personal-best time of 29 minutes, 8.47 seconds.
"Boaz is just getting his feet underneath him and just getting going with his training," Clay said. "If we keep him going, he'll be all right."
The meet's top seven runners received first-team all-conference honors while the eighth through 14th-place finishers were second-team all-conference honorable mention.
Clark battled an injury during the past three weeks. He was only able to complete three runs while cross training with bicycle, pool and elliptical workouts.
Clark persevered to earn 13th (29:19.30). The junior from Lexington, S.C. improved by eight spots to secure honors after placing 18th in last year's conference meet.
"Based on Cody's training, it took a lot of guts," Clay said. "He was running on desire. It was an outstanding effort and pretty close to his personal-best."
"All of the other guys ran well," Clay said.
Sophomore Austin Anderson was Waldorf's No. 3 runner, pulling in 24th (32:26.11).
The final two team scores came from Mayes and Beaman. Mayes took 26th (32:43.91) and Beaman claimed 30th (33:36.49).
York College captured the conference title with 35 points. College of the Ozarks (59) earned second, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (68) grabbed third while Haskell Indian Nations University (80), Waldorf (103) and Central Christian College (159) completed the team standings.
York's Matthew Gastineau won the race in 26:58.55, defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan's Nathan Tripp 46.41 seconds.
The Warriors made strides throughout the course of the season. Turning in a team score in all but one meet is significant progress for Waldorf's program since becoming a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school.
"We've established consistency with the team score," Clay said. "We haven't had that in the past at Waldorf, so that's a good sign."