Sophomore Vincent Kiprop kept up his winning pace during the 2016-17 year, breaking records in the process.
The distance runner from Kericho, Kenya, won his third national championship in March by taking the top spot in the 5,000 meters during the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in Birmingham, Ala. His time of 13:42:42 broke not only his Missouri Southern record by nine seconds, but the Division II National Championship meet record by two seconds.
Just a few short weeks later, he set a new facility record – and broke his own outdoor 5k record by 22 seconds – during the Washington University Invite. Kiprop finished the race in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 13:53.74, 34 seconds in front of the second-place finisher in the race. The time is the fastest overall in Division II this year, and is the second-fastest time in the NCAA in all divisions.
He also holds national championship rankings in the indoor 5k, the outdoor 10k and cross country. His success comes hot on the heels of a successful 2015-16 track and field season.
During his freshman year, the nursing major won the Division II National Championship in the 10,000 meter at the 2016 Division II Outdoor Championships. He was also a repeat champion at the MIAA and NCAA Division II meets.
“We are all getting to witness first-hand one of the most dominating distance runners the NCAA and Division II has seen,” said Jared Bruggeman, Director of Athletics. “I think I speak for everyone here at Missouri Southern by saying we are very proud to have him wear the Green and Gold.”