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2012-2013 Men's Track Roster

Robinson Simatei

Class: JR
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 6-3
Weight: 160 pounds
Previous School: Yemit HS/Texas Tech
Hometown: Iten, Kenya

Was second in the 800-meters twice during the season, finishing in 1:55.92 at the Christmas Invitational, and 1:56.61 at the MT Invitational … Took ninth in the 5,000-meter run at the SBC Championships … Set a personal best in the mile run in 4:16.35 at the Kentucky Invitational.< br> Outdoor: Won two 3,000-meter steeplechase events throughout the year, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (9:19.73) and the Coach “O” Invitational (9:34.96) … Placed sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase at the SBC Championships, earning team points with a time of 9:29.04 … Ran a time of 3:58.34 in the 1,500-meter run at the Vanderbilt Invitational to finish fifth.

Collected three top-five finishes and a total of four top-10 finishes in 2011 ... Led the Blue Raiders at the Belmont Opener, finishing third with a 5k time of 15:34.46 ... Followed with a fourth-place finish at the PowerAde Invitational while running a 5k 15:20 ... Posted best 5k time at the Front Runner Invitational, clocking a 15:19 to finish fourth ... Notched a 14th-place finish at the 8k Commodore Classic while running a 25:36.20 ... Best 8k time came while running a 24:38.08 and placing 28th at the Greater Louisville Classic ... Placed sixth at the Sun Belt Championships with an 8k time of 25:03.70 ... Closed season at the NCAA South Regionals with a 10k time of 32:14.00 to finish 30th.

Indoor: Finished third at the Sun Belt Championships in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.65 ... Claimed a ninth-place finish in the mile run at the conference championship meet while running a 4:22.79 ... Won the 800-meter event at the MTSU Invitational in a personal-best 1:54.18 ... Took victory in the mile run at the MT Christmas Invitational while logging a 4:22.05 ... Set a new personal-best mile time of 4:17.35 while finishing second at the Valentine Invitational ... Totaled three top-10 finishes in the mile run and four top-five results in the 800 meters.

Outdoor: Placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the Sun Belt Championships, completing the race in 9:24.65 ... Logged a new personal-best 1,500-meter time of 3:55.05 while finishing third at the Coach "O" Invitational ... Also placed third in the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the Black and Gold Meet in a personal-best time of 6:10.09 ... Posted a new personal-best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Vanderbilt Invitational, clocking a 9:18.65 while picking up another third-place finish ... Notched a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a time of 9:36.53.

High School/Previous College: Ran one season of track & field at Texas Tech ... Competed in track & field, cross country, soccer, volleyball, badminton and handball while in high school ... Captain of the volleyball and badminton teams ... Set records in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 1500 meters.

Personal: Robinson Albert Simatei ... Son of Samuel and Ann Simatei ... Born May 5, 1987 ... Has one brother (Many) ... Majoring in allied health sciences.