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2007-2008 Men's Track Roster

Festus Chemaoi

Class: FR
Position: Distance
Height: 5-9
Weight: 128 pounds
Previous School: Kapngetuny
Hometown: Ainobkoi, Kenya

Placed in Top 25 in first four events of the year, winning twice ... Won first collegiate event, finishing 5K course at Belmont Opener in 15:12.45 ... Placed fourth at Old Timers Classic in 25:27.91 (5 miles) and 23rd at Louisville Classic in 24:39.38 (8K) ... Won FrontRunner Invitational in 15:16 (5K) ... Had a mishap at the Sun Belt Championships in which his shoe came off during the race, which pushed him back to 11th in 26:15.91 (5 miles) ... Finished 49th at NCAA South Regional in 32:33.99 (10K).
Indoor: Garnered Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors after compiling 18 points at conference championships, winning the mile run along the way ... Earned All-Sun Belt honors in mile and also after placing third in 3000-meters at SBC Championships ... Won mile in 4:13.96 and 3000 in 8:39.29 at MT Christmas Invitational ... Finished third in 3000 in personal-best 8:30.61 at Kentucky Invitational ... Placed third in mile run in 4:17.55 at Blue Raider Invitational ... Won 3000 in 8:49.51 and was fourth in mile run in 4:23.28 at Middle Tennessee Classic ... Finished 14th in mile run in 4:13.59 and 36th in 800-meters in 2:04.40 at Rod McCravy Memorial ... Placed 17th in 800 in 2:02.95 at MT Valentine Invitational ... Won mile run in 4:16.81, placed third in 3000 in 8:31.04 and finished seventh in 5000 in personal-best 15:19.66 at Sun Belt Championships.
Outdoor: Earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors after earning 19 points at Sun Belt Championships in four events ... Ranked 118th in the nation on the NCAA descending Order List in 3000-meter steeplechase with time of 9:40.33 ... Earned All-Sun Belt honors in steeplechase and 1500-meters, winning the steeplechase and placing third in 1500 at SBC Championships ... Member of third-place 4x1500-meter relay (16:51.40) at Clemson Relays ... Placed third in steeplechase in 9:45.18 at Yellowjacket Invitational and third in same event in 9:28.82 at Tiger Track Classic ... Member of winning 4x1500 relay (16:23.42) at Sea Ray Relays ... Set personal-best in 800-meters (1:57.24) and finished third in 5000-meters in personal-best 14:54.48 at Vanderbilt Invitational ... Won 1500 in 3:56.34 and placed second in 800 with another PR (1:54.72) at Coach O Invitational ... Won steeplechase at SBC meet in 9:40.33, placed third in 1500 (3:57.38), finished seventh in 5000 (15:34.83) and was eighth in 800 ... Finished 22nd in steeplechase at NCAA Mideast Regional in 9:40.18.

Before Middle Tennessee: Voted Cross Country Athlete of the Year twice at Kapngetuny HS and won secondary schools cross country championship once.

Personal: Festus Kipchirchir Chemaoi ... Son of David Chemaoi and Nelly Kiplagat ... Born November 20, 1986.