Atlanta, GA— Morehouse College and Albany State University claimed the men’s and women’s title, respectively, at the 2010 SIAC Cross Country Championship.
The Maroon Tigers ran a total time of 2:21:39.07 and an average time of 28:19.82. Morehouse was led by sophomores Michael Vinson and Karlton Mitchell. Vinson finished second overall with a time of 27:48.93 while Mitchell finished just behind his Maroon Tiger teammate with a time of 27:55.09. Benedict College finished in second place, with a time of 2:26:16.59, followed by Kentucky State University.
Benedict junior Dickson Toroitich took home the men’s individual title with a time of 27:26.82. Toroitich, who won the men’s title in 2009, was named the men’s Most Valuable Performer of the championship meet as well as the East Division Men’s Runner of the Year.
The Lady Rams ran a total time of 1:46:14.81 which was just enough to hold off defending champion Clark Atlanta University, who finished second with a time of 1:46:53.47. Albany State, who ran average time of 21:14.97, was led by junior Brittany Carter. Carter finished second overall with a time of 20:02.57. Fort Valley State University finished in third place.
Stillman sophomore Chestina Anderson won the women’s individual title with a time of 19:57.34. Like Toroitich, Anderson was named the women’s Most Valuable Performer of the championship meet while also being named the West Division Women’s Runner of the Year.
Morehouse and Albany State both advance to compete in the NCAA South Region Championship Meet on November 20th. The meet, hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, will take place at Sharon Johnston Park in New Market, AL.
Honors and Awards:
2010 SIAC Women’s Champion: Albany State University
2010 SIAC Men’s Champion: Morehouse College
Women’s Championship MVP: Chestina Anderson, Stillman College
Men’s Championship MVP: Dickson Toroitich, Benedict College
Women’s Coach of the Year: Kenneth Taylor, Albany State University
Men’s Coach of the Year: Willie Hill, Morehouse College
Top 10 Finishers at the 2010 SIAC Cross Country Championship
1 Anderson, Chestina SO Stillman College 19:57.34 1
2 Carter, Brittany JR Albany State 20:02.57 2
3 Robinson, Brittany Fr Clark Atlanta 20:13.35 3
4 Duncan, Ashley-Marie FR Albany State 20:38.82 4
5 Latoyna, Payne SO Fort Valley 20:55.86 5
6 Dalton, Jasmine JR Albany State 21:09.38 6
7 Record, Kristina SO Kentucky State 21:11.82 7
8 Stone, Ebony FR Albany State 21:17.87 8
9 Comer, Tamara So Clark Atlanta 21:28.07 9
10Woodson, Markeshia Fr Clark Atlanta 21:28.55 10
1 Toroitich, Dickson Jr Benedict College 27:26.82 1
2 Vinson, Michael SO Morehouse College 27:48.93 2
3 Mitchell, Karlton SO Morehouse College 27:55.09 3
4 Broussard, Kieren FR Kentucky State 28:12.77 4
5 Chirchir, Charles Sr Benedict College 28:15.03 5
6 Tinsley, Jeremy JR Morehouse College 28:19.72 6
7 Holly, James Sr Tuskegee University 28:25.58 7
8 Huerta, Ahunuar SR Kentucky State 28:31.10 8
9 Jones, Lil' Diamond SO Albany State 28:35.36 9
10Neiselu, Kasahun FR Morehouse College 28:43.88 10
Women’s Team of the Year: Clark Atlanta University
Runner of the Year: Brittany Carter, Albany State University
Men’s Team of the Year: Morehouse College
Runner of the Year: Dickson Toroitich, Benedict College
Women’s Team of the Year: Kentucky State University
Runner of the Year: Chestina Anderson, Stillman College
Men’s Team of the Year: Kentucky State University
Runner of the Year: Kieren Broussard,
2010 SIAC Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team
Highest Team GPA: Morehouse College 3.76 2010
SIAC Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Team
Highest Team GPA: Miles College 3.5