CLINTON, Miss. – With 61 points, Grambling State men’s cross country team won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Saturday at Choctaw Trails. It is the team's first title since 2011.
The Alabama State University women’s cross country team won its fifth-straight SWAC title
Grambling was led by freshman Hassan Chepkwony, who finished first with a time of 25:56.81. Chepkwony was also honored as 2015 Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Along with Chepkwony, Prairie View A&M's Aaron Austin, Mississippi Valley State's Aaron Albert, Grambling State's Montieco Harris and Jackson State's James Curtis finished second through fifth to earn first-team All-SWAC honors.
Grambling State Head Coach Bertram Lovell was named SWAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Alabama State Head Coach Ritchie Beene was named SWAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The Hornets were led by Paige Rankine, who earned the top spot with a time of 18:09.85. Alabama State scored 15 points and saw eight Hornet runners finish in the top 10.
Rankine's efforts earned her the 2015 SWAC Women's Runner of the Year honor.
Along with Rankine, Alabama State's Artrailia LeSane, Shantia Wilson, Tatiana Etienne and Santina Williams finished second through fifth to earn first-team All-SWAC honors.
In the women's team competition, Prairie View A&M placed second with a score of 85, and Texas Southern finished third with 119 points.
In the men's team competition, Texas Southern placed second with a score of 66, and Alabama State came in third with 83 points.
|Men's Awards |
Athlete of the Year: Hassan Chepkwony - Grambling State
Coach of the Year: Bertram Lovell - Grambling State
2015 All-SWAC Men's Cross Country - First Team
2015 All-SWAC Men's Cross Country - Second Team
|Women's Awards |
Athlete of the Year: Paige Rankine - Alabama State
Coach of the Year: Ritchie Beene - Alabama State
2015 All-SWAC Women's Cross Country - First Team
2015 All-SWAC Women's Cross Country - Second Team