Kosgei named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh standout Evans Kosgei has been named to the 2010-11 CoSIDA Academic All-District II team for his efforts on the track and in the classroom this season. Kosgei is coming off a season where he was named Patriot League Male Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. He most recently took part in the NCAA Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind., where he was Lehigh’s top finisher.
Kosgei, who sports a 3.81 cumulative GPA in Computer Science and Engineering, was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team in 2010 for cross country and had the highest GPA of all other honorees. Most recently, Kosgei was named to the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award for the third consecutive season. Kosgei has been named to the Lehigh Deans List (3.6 GPA or higher) in every semester at Lehigh (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008). He was one of only 56 Division I cross country athletes to be named to the USTFCCA All-Academic Cross Country team in 2010 and 2009.
Kosgei was a Patriot League Champion this year in the 10,000 meter run, clocking in at 30:20.08 to earn the Patriot League crown, which is a PL record by nearly 21 seconds, held previously by American’s Matt Seymour. Kosgei also earned eight points for his second place finish 3000 meter steeplechase, bringing his total to 18 points for the Patriot League Championships. He earned the fourth highest individual point total of the weekend of all competitors and equaled Lehigh’s highest total. Kosgei hit a personal record 8:57.84 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, good for sixth place at the Penn Relays. The time was just not a personal best for Kosgei, but it was a season-best for any Patriot League track athlete.
Kosgei wrapped up a stellar season by finishing 112th out of 246 runners at the NCAA Championships for Cross Country, hosted by Indiana State. The Mountain Hawks’ first ever men’s qualifier in the new selection format, he became Lehigh’s first runner to compete at NCAA’s since Jen Schappert in 2005.
He was selected as an at-large qualifier for the NCAA Championships after finishing 13th at the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet with a time of 30:33. While there, he helped lead the Mountain Hawks to a 15th place finish while the women came in ninth.