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2009-2010 Men's Track Roster

Festus Chemaoi

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

Became the first male runner at Middle Tennessee to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 1971 ... Earned All NCAA South Regional (10K) honors by finishing 13th at the NCAA South Regional (10K) in a time of 30:38.50 ... Garnered all-conference honors placing second at the Sun Belt Championships (8K) in 26:42.14 ... Won the Belmont Opener (5K), UTC Opener (5K) and the UTC Frontrunner Invitational (5K) with respective times of 15:11.96, 15:30 and 15:11 ... Came in third at the WKU Old Timers Classic (8K) in a time of 24:59.51 ... Placed 10th at the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) in 24:20.48 ... Finished the 146th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (10K) in 31:31.1.
Indoor: One of the most dominant middle distance runners in Sun Belt history ... Was named Most Outstanding Male Track Performer and Top Male Meet Scorer at the 2010 Sun Belt Championships ... Took gold medals in 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters at the 2010 SBC Championships in respective times of 1:52.08, 4:10.18 and 8:15.54 ... Earned an NCAA Provisional mark in the 800 meters in an indoor career best 1:50.77 at the GVSU Big Meet ... Won the 3,000 meters in 8:33.15 at the MT Valentine Invitational ... Took first place in 1:54.74 in the 800 meters at the MT Christmas Invitational.
Outdoor - Gold medal winner in the 800 meters in 1:54.53 and silver medal winner in the 1,500 meters in 3:45.69 at the 2010 Sun Belt Championships ... Finished 23rd in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:59.78 at the NCAA East Region Preliminary ... Won the 1,500 meters at the Sea-Rays Relays in a time of 3:48.71 ... Came in ninth in the 800 meters in a time of 1:50.93 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Finished in the top 10 in five out of eight races ... Won the season opener at the Agnes Scott Invitational in 17:13 and finished ninth at the Belmont Opener (5K) in 15:54.35 ... Came in 25th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) in 26:31.55 and 45th and at the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) in 25:00.48 for a season best ... Finished the season with two top ten finishes coming in eighth WKU Old Timer's Classic (5K) in 26:07.60 and sixth at the UTC Invitational (5K) in 15:28 ... Earn All Sun Belt Honors coming in eighth in the Sun Belt Championship (8K) in Bowling Green finishing 25:57.97.
Indoor: Ranked 60th on the NCAA descending order list in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.27 recorded at the NCAA Last Chance meet to earn an NCAA Provisional mark and set a school record...Earned Top Meet Scorer and Most Outstanding Male track athlete at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships and earned All-Conference in the 800 meters, mile run and 3000 meters...Won the 800 in 1:55.76 and mile in 4:11.18, placed second in the 3000 in 8:22.0 setting a personal best, and set a lifetime best of 14:49.29 in the 5000 meters at the Sun Belt Championships...Won the 800 in 1:56.08 and mile in 4:14.40 at the MT Christmas Invitational... Won the 800 at the MT Valentine Invitational in 1:51.64...Placed eighth in the 3000 at the Kentucky Invitational in 8:22.89...Placed first in the 800 in 1:54.78 Middle Tennessee Classic...Set a personal bests of 4:06.29 in the mile placing second and 11th in the 800 in 1:53.12 at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Outdoor: Ranked 49th on the NCAA descending order list in the 1500 meters and 60th in the 800 meters...Earned NCAA Regional qualifying times of 3:44.62 in the 1500 and 1:49.48 in the 800...Set Middle Tennessee records of 1:49.48 in the 800 and 14:17.79 in the 5000 meters...Placed first overall in the 5000 at the Penn Relays in a time of 14:17.79...Won both the 800 and 1500 at the Sun Belt Championships in times of 1:51.66 and 3:47.25, respectively...Won the 1500 in an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 3:46.28 and third in the 800 meters in 1:51.69 at the Tiger Track Classic...Won the as a member of the distance medley relay in a time of 10:05.04 at the Georgia Relays, also took 11th in the 4x400 meter relay (3:40.96) and sixth in the 4x800 meter relay (8:08.29)...Placed 14th in the 800 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

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.