UNC Pembroke Wins PBC Cross Country Championship

UNC Pembroke Wins PBC Cross Country Championship

BEECH ISLAND, S.C. – UNC Pembroke's Joshua Chepkesir and Silus Kipkoech finished first and second, respectively, to lead the Braves to the 2018 Peach Belt Conference men's cross country title on Saturday morning at Redcliffe Plantation.  All five scoring runners for UNCP finished in the top 16 for 36 total points, holding off defending champion Augusta by four.  That margin of victory is the closest in the PBC men's championship since 2013.

Chepkesir was named the PBC Individual Champion and Freshman of the Year after winning the 8k race in a time of 24:22.3.  That is the fifth-fastest time run in the PBC Championship.  Defending champion Kipkoech was 17 seconds behind in 24:41.4. Logan Ward finished sixth with Matthew Martin 11thand Ean Ormsby in 16th.

Augusta was led by Hunter Kimball in third place with a time of 24:49.6.  Jacob Poston was fourth and Noah Hulett fifth.  Chandler Kennedy was ninth with Rakeem Littles in 19th. Augusta has now finished in the top three of the PBC Championship for four years in a row.

Flagler was third as Connor Norton ran 12thin 25:51.0.  Trenton Liberty was 14thand Aseli Adum 15th; all three runners were named All-Conference.

The top 15 runners were named to the All-Conference team.  Chepkesir was the Freshman of the Year as the top-finishing freshman. UNCP's Peter Ormsby was named the Coach of the Year, the award is his second.

2018 Peach Belt Conference

Men's Cross Country

All-Conference

Joshua Chepkesir, UNC Pembroke
Silus Kipkoech, UNC Pembroke
Hunter Kimball, Augusta
Jacob Poston, Augusta
Noah Hulett, Augusta
Logan Ward, UNC Pembroke
Collin Silliman, Georgia College
Brennan Silliman, Georgia College
Chandler Kennedy, Augusta
Wright Calhoun, Columbus State
Matthew Martin, UNC Pembroke
Connor Norton, Flagler
Charles Asouzu, Columbus State
Trenton Liberty, Flagler
Aseli Adum, Flagler

Individual Champion

Joshua Chepkesir, UNC Pembroke

Freshman of the Year

Joshua Chepkesir, UNC Pembroke

Coach of the Year

Peter Ormsby, UNC Pembroke