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Evans Kigen

Class: R-Senior
Position:
Height: 5-8

Previous School: NYIT

Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya

2009-10 (R-Jr.): Earned his first NCAA Division I All-America honor with a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship … his time of 30:01.0 set a new 10K cross country personal best … qualified for the national meet with his sixth-place effort at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship … finished as the Big South runner-up, trailing only teammate Sam Chelanga across the line … opened his Liberty cross country career with back-to-back runner-up finishes, at the Big South Preview and Hagan Stone Park Classic … his 24:38.2 at the Pre-Nationals meet set an 8K personal best … On the Track: Won the IC4A indoor 5K championship … took third place in the Big South indoor 3K final … earlier in the indoor season, moved up to No. 7 on Liberty's all-time list with an 8:20.56 3K at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup … qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the steeplechase for the second time in his career … did not lose a steeplechase race to a collegiate competitor until the NCAA Preliminary Round meet … won both the Big South steeplechase and 5K titles for the second time in his career, earning Big South Men's Outstanding Track Performer accolades … his Big South steeplechase and 5K victories came by a combined 46 seconds … Liberty's only men's athlete to earn All-Big South honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in 2009-10 … also pulled double duty at the IC4A meet, winning the steeplechase and placing sixth in the 5K the same night … he was Liberty's first IC4A steeplechase champion since 1998, and his 5K time (14:06.90) set a new outdoor personal best … Awards Summary: One NCAA All-America honor (cross country – 20th place) … one NCAA All-Region honor (cross country – 6th place) … two IC4A titles (indoor 5K, outdoor steeplechase) … two Big South titles (outdoor steeplechase, outdoor 5K) … four All-Big South honors (cross country – 2nd place, indoor 3K – 3rd place, outdoor steeplechase – 1st place, outdoor 5K – 1st place) … Big South Men's Outstanding Track Performer … Big South Cross Country Athlete of the Week (Sept. 23).

2008-09 (Jr.): Redshirted the entire year, including cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

2007-08 (So.): Transferred to Liberty after the fall semester … ran cross country for New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) … captured NCAA Division II All-America honors with his eighth-place finish at the national meet … also won the East Coast Conference title and the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional crown … tabbed the USTFCCCA Division II Northeast Region Athlete of the Year … On the Track: Made his Liberty debut with a third-place finish in the Big South indoor 5K final … the next week, he placed second in the IC4A indoor 5K, in a personal-best 14:05.92 … that time ranks No. 3 in Liberty history, trailing only national champions Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal … displayed versatility during the 2008 outdoor season, but stood out in the steeplechase … placed 10th in the steeplechase final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship, in a Liberty and Big South-record time of 8:43.77 … had qualified for the national meet by finishing second at the NCAA Division I East Regional Championship … became only the second men's runner in conference history to sweep the Big South steeplechase and 5K championships at the same meet … took runner-up honors in the IC4A outdoor 5K, matching his indoor placing … won the Penn Relays 10K in a personal-best 29:16.12 … that also ranks No. 3 in Liberty history, behind Chelanga and McDougal … Awards Summary: Two Big South titles (outdoor steeplechase, outdoor 5K) … three All-Big South honors (indoor 5K – 3rd place, outdoor steeplechase – 1st place, outdoor 5K – 1st place) … Big South Track & Field Athlete of the Week (April 30) … ECAC Division I Track Athlete of the Week (May 1).

Previous School: Finished fourth at the 2006 Brooks Paul Short Run for NYIT … NYIT did not have a track & field team.

Prep: Attended Kuinet High School.

Personal: Son of Peter and Agnes Chepkwony … health promotions major … birthday is April 16.

Cross Country Personal Bests
8K:
24:09
10/1/10 – Brooks Paul Short Run
Bethlehem, Pa.

10K: 30:01.0
11/23/09 – NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship
Terre Haute, Ind.

Track Personal Bests
1,500:
4:00.62
3K: 8:20.56 (indoor)
3K Steeplechase: 8:43.77
5K: 14:05.92 (indoor)
10K: 29:16.12

Big South Cross Country Championship (8K)
2009 (Winston-Salem, N.C.):
2nd place, 25:13 (All-Big South)
2010 (Blacksburg, Va.): 2nd place, 24:35.44 (All-Big South)

NCAA Southeast Regional Championship (10K)
2009 (Louisville, Ky.):
6th place, 30:13.6 (All-Region)
2010 (Louisville, Ky.): 2nd place, 30:11.5 (All-Region)

NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship (10K)
2009 (Terre Haute, Ind.):
20th place, 30:01.0 (All-America)
2010 (Terre Haute, Ind.): 31st place, 30:21.4 (All-America)