Kosgei earns 2011 All-Region honors
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Following his 13th-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Qualifiers, senior Evans Kosgei earned All-Region honors for the third straight year. The USTFCCCA recognized 450 athletes that earned All-Region awards for Division I cross country for athletes that finished in the Top 25 individually at one of the nine regional sites.
Kosgei paced Lehigh in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 30:52.3 to an 11th-place finish, improving upon the Mountain Hawks 15th place at the Regional meet last year.
Despite Kosgei’s Top 25 finish, which made him eligible for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, he just missed the bid by a few seconds.
The Moiben, Kenya native has had an incredible season for Lehigh as the team’s frontrunner. He finished fourth at the Patriot League Championships which earned him First Team All-League honors. At the Paul Short Run – Cross Country’s biggest race of the year – Kosgei finished 10th overall out of 402 runners with a time of 24:25, which was the second-fastest Lehigh time ever run on the 8K Goodman Campus Course. Kosgei’s finish was also the best by a Mountain Hawks in the race since 2006 and led Lehigh to its best team finish (20th) since 2008.
Two weeks later at the competitive Penn State National Invitational, Kosgei placed second overall with a time of 26:18 and was the first scoring runner to cross the finish line (the runner who placed first was unattached and was a professional runner training to try to make the Olympic Trials.)
For his efforts not only on the course, but off of it, Kosgei was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second time in his illustrious Lehigh career (previously won in 2009).
Kosgei has a 3.81 cumulative GPA in computer science. He is a three-time Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award winner (2009, 10, 11) and he has been named to the Dean’s List every semester at Lehigh. He was named a P.C. Rossin Engineering Fellow in 2009 and he was Lehigh’s Undergraduate Merit Award winner in 2010. He also was the 2011 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete.