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WINGATE — Senior Joel Lagat wrapped up a stellar Barton College cross-country career on Saturday with his third consecutive top-25 showing in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
Lagat, a resident of Eldoret, Kenya, placed 20th with a time of 32 minutes, 54.79 seconds over the 10-kilometer at the Wingate University Cross-Country facility. The field listed 153 runners.
His time was more than 30 seconds faster than his time on the same course two years ago — when he finished eighth and advanced to the national meet.
The performance will like earn Lagat his third all-region accolade to go along with three all-conference awards. He was Barton’s only regional participant.
UNC Pembroke’s Silus Kipkoech emerged the individual champion with a time of 31:23.55.
Conference Carolinas champion University of Mount Olive captured the team title, with Queens University second and Augusta (Georgia) University third. Those three teams landed national berths.
WINGATE — Senior Sharon Kiptoo, one of four Barton College entrants, completed her highly successful women’s cross-country career Saturday with a top-25 showing in the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at the Wingate University Cross-Country facility.
From Eldoret, Kenya, Kiptoo registered a 22nd-place finish in a field of 159 runners with a time of 23:26.27 seconds. She finished in the top 25 for the second straight season and her time was nearly a minute and a half better than her 2015 regional performance on the same course and a minute better than her top-10 run on the Wingate layout earlier this year.
The three-time all-conference performer was one of two seniors from Eldoret, Kenya, to wrap up Barton careers. Judith Melly finished 136th.
First-time Lady Bulldog entrants were sophomore Meghan Araldi, who placed 104th, and freshman Brooke Lonergan, who wound up 149th.
Queens University seized the team championship and is headed to the national championship along with second-place Anderson (South Carolina) University and the University of Mount Olive, the Conference Carolinas queen and third-place regional finisher.