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2008-2009 Men's Track Roster

William Songock

Class: JR
Position: Distance
Height: 5-9
Weight: 116 pounds
Previous School: Uasin Gishu HS
Hometown: Moiben, Kenya

Finished the season with five top 10 finishes out of six races ... Finished second in both the Agnes Scott Invitational (5K) 17:31 and the Belmont Opener (5K) 15:15.89 ... Came in 10th at the Memphis Twilight Classic (8K) coming in 25:28.74 and sixth at the WKU Old Timer's Classic (5M) 25:50.80 ... Placed 15th in the Greater Louisville Classic (8K) coming in 24:22.33 and fifth with a personal best at Middle Tennessee at the UTC Invitational (5K) in 15:20 ... Suffered an injury at the Sun Belt Championship and was not able to finish.
Indoor Earned All-Sun Belt honors in the 3000 and 5000 meters at the SBC Championships...Set a personal best of 14:35.36 in the 5000 meters placing second at the Sun Belt Championships also ran third in the 3000 in a time of 8:28.3...Won the 3000 in 8:28.30 at the NCAA Last Chance Meet...Won the mile run in 4:17.46 at the Blue Raider Invitational for a lifetime best...Set a personal best of 8:14.15 finishing sixth in the 3000 at the Rod McCravy Memorial...Came in sixth in the 800 meters setting a personal best of 1:58.87 and won the 3000 (8:45.47) at the MT Valentine Invitational...Placed 10th in 3000 in 8:27.33 at the Kentucky Invitational.
Outdoor: Ranked 52nd on the NCAA descending order list in the 10000 meters...Earned All Sun Belt honors in the 10000 and 5000 meters by winning the 10000 in a school record and lifetime best time of 30:43.11 and placing second in the 5000 in 14:34.66 at the Sun Belt Championships, also finished fourth in the 1500 meters in 3:53.03...Won the 5000 at the Western Kentucky Invitational in 15:16.34...Finished second in the 5000 in 14:34.66 at the Georgia Tech Invitational...Came in fifth in the 10000 at the Sea Rays Relays in 31:14.25...Placed fifth in the 3000 meters in 8:30.71 and 18th in the 1500 in 4:00.35 at the Tiger Track Classic.

Finished in Top 20 in five of seven events and earned All-Sun Belt honors for second straight season ... Placed 14th at Belmont Opener in 15:51.63 (5K) and 19th at UTC Powerade Invitational in 15:59 (5K) ... Posted 20th-place showing at Old Timers Classic in 26:26.15 (5 miles) and was 55th at Louisville Classic in 25:16.20 (8K) ... Finished fifth at FrontRunner Invitational in 15:45 (5K) and placed eighth at SBC Championships in 26:01.49 (5 miles) ... Finished 73rd at NCAA South Regional in 33:29.94 (10K).
Indoor: Placed second in 3000-meters in personal-best 8:44.50 and third in mile run in 4:23.06 at MT Christmas Invitational ... Finished fifth in mile in personal-best 4:19.22 and 19th in 800-meters in 2:02.13 at Kentucky Invitational ... Placed third in 3000 in personal-best 8:43.57 at Blue Raider Invitational and second in 8:50.72 at Middle Tennessee Classic ... Posted times of 4:20.49 in mile and 2:03.08 in 800 at Rod McCravy Memorial ... Placed 15th in 800 in 2:00.29 at MT Valentine Invitational ... Finished fourth in 5000-meters in personal-best 15:06.02 and fifth in PR of 8:34.80 at Sun Belt Championships.
Outdoor: Ranked 107th in the nation on the NCAA descending Order List in 5000-meters with time of 15:02.87 ... Earned All-Sun Belt honors in two events at SBC Championships, winning 5000-meters and placing second in 10000-meters ... Placed second in 5000 in 15:49.50 at Clemson Relays and posted personal-best in 1500-meters (4:03.41) at Tiger Track Classic ... Member of winning 4x1500-meter relay (16:23.42) and eighth-place DMR (10:32.47) at Sea Ray Relays ... Finished eighth in 5000 in personal-best 15:00.72 at Vanderbilt Invitational and won 3000-meters in 8:35.13 at Coach O Invitational ... Won 5000 in 15:02.87 and placed second in 10000 in 31:54.10 at Sun Belt Championships.

Leading runner in all three events in which he participated ... Placed second in 25:13.94 over 8K at first collegiate event at Louisville Classic ... Came in second again, this time in 15:22 over 5K at FrontRunner Invitational ... Earned All-Sun Belt honors after placing seventh in 25:09.62 over 8K at Sun Belt Championships, the fastest time by a Blue Raider harrier in more than six years.
Indoor: Won his only race of the season, the mile run in 4:24.99 at MT Christmas Invitational.
Outdoor: Placed 14th in 5000-meters in 15:56.99 and member of sixth-place distance medley relay (10:45.01) at Alabama Relays ... Came in 19th in 5000 in 15:58.05 at Yellowjacket Invitational and 22nd in 1500-meters in 4:07.32 at Tiger Track Classic ... Finished 66th in 800-meters in 2:00.73 and fourth in 3000-meters in 8:46.34 at Vanderbilt Invitational ... Placed 19th in 5000 in 15:54.21 at Stan Lyons Invitational ... Finished 14th in 5000 in 16:00.69 and 11th in 10000-meters in 34:34.01 at Sun Belt Championships.

Before Middle Tennessee: Member of track and handball teams at Uasin Gishu HS in Eldoret, Kenya ... Ran best times in both 400- and 800-meters during high school career ... Best times include 4:20 in 1500-meters, 15:09 in 5K, and 9:09 in 3K ... Academic representative, chairman of the science club and vice president of the Adventist Society.

Personal: William Kipkosgei Songock ... Son of Jonah Songock and Monica Keter ... Born July 5, 1986 ... Uncle, Martin Tabutt, named best jumper and 800-meter runner in high school ... Majoring in Nursing/Pre-Med.