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ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Benedict College men and Spring Hill College women claimed 2019 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Titles Friday morning at Winthrop University.

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Spring Hill College
2019 SIAC Women's Cross Country Champions
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Benedict College
2019 SIAC Men's Cross Country Champions

Benedict has four runners to finish in the top ten scoring 34 points while runner-up Spring Hill had 82 points.

After finishing as runner-up in 2018, losing a tiebreaker to Morehouse, the Tigers had a pack of three runners lead for much of the race to secure their first men's championship since 2015.

Spring Hill's women claimed their second consecutive SIAC Championship placing five runners in the top 15.

Led by freshman Madeline Knightly, the Badgers scored 35 points to pace the field.

Benedict finished second with four runners in the top 15 with 52 points. Savannah State trailed in third with 98 points.

The Benedict men scored 34 points, while runner-up Spring Hill had 82 points. Savannah State was third with 104 points and Morehouse, last year's champion, was fourth with 110 points.

Mathew Chesum won the 8K race in a time of 26:06.0, while teammate Kelvin Kiplagat was close behind in second with a time of 26:11.7. Chesum was named the SIAC Runner of the Year. Evans Korir finished fifth with a time of 27:01.0. Japheth Kipruto was Benedict's fourth All-Conference runner with a ninth-place finish in a time of 27:27.2.

Benedict head coach Frank Hyland was named the SIAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Benedict’s Stellah Kiptui was named the 2019 SIAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year leading the field with a time of 18:25.6.

Spring Hill’s Craig McVey garnished the 2019 SIAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year award for his second consecutive year.

Both teams will compete in the NCAA South Region Championships on Saturday, November 9 in Lakeland, Fla.

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