By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Benard Keter of Wayland Baptist (Texas) has been named the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Runner of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Keter was chosen for his performance during the week of Oct. 20-26 and was selected out of a pool of conference and association of independent institutions award winners.
Keter, a sophomore from Nakuru, Kenya, led the Pioneers’ attack at the Mid-States Classic on Oct. 25 with a first-place in the 215-runner event in Winfield, Kan. The win was the third of the season for Keter.
He finished the 8-kilometer race in 24:15, and finished in front of second-place by almost 30 seconds.
This is Keter’s second award of the 2014 season. The stalwart of the Pioneers’ squad gets ready for the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships on Nov. 8 in Shawnee, Okla.
For the complete runner of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Michael McCulloch, Columbia (Mo.); Jacob Pinkley, Missouri Baptist; Thomas Chelulei, Park (Mo.); Joseph Mullen, Tennessee Wesleyan; Christian Brewer, Milligan (Tenn.) ; Winston Rheinbolt, Montreat (N.C.); Tyler Beaver, St. Andrews (N.C.); Kendall Haynes, Bluefield (Va.); Andrew Springer, Union (Ky.); Max Runia, Southern Oregon; Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.); Mizael Carrera, Robert Morris (Ill.); Omero Montalvo, St. Francis (Ill.); Dylan Creger, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Neno Bellinotti, Indiana Wesleyan; Matt Hall, Taylor (Ind.); Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Lyle Pocha, Carroll (Mont.); Danny Aldaba, Midland (Neb.); Nick Stoks, Doane (Neb.); Mark Abrams, Morningside (Iowa); Phillip Cheruiyot, Missouri Valley; Andrew Tellames, Cal State San Marcos; Josh Whittaker, Saint Mary (Kan.); Jeo Mendez, Ottawa (Kan.); Eric Torres, Point Park (Pa.); Dallas Guy, Rio Grande (Ohio); Dylan Cope, Indiana East; Taylor Diehl, Asbury (Ky.); Donnie Whyte, Cumberlands (Ky.); John-Paul Williamson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Joey Hartlage, Campbellsville (Ky.); Matthew Gastineau, York (Neb.); Travis Dillard, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Ochaung Akway, William Penn (Iowa); Tyler Keith, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Josh Petersen, Viterbo (Wis.); Kennedy Kiprop, Grand View (Iowa); Connor Doppler, Jamestown (N.D.); David Mountford, Oklahoma City; Isaac Lalang, Texas Wesleyan; Matthew Crow, Science & Arts (Okla.); Walker Clampitt, Oklahoma Baptist; Spencer Head, Dalton State (Ga.); Geoffrey Kipchuma, William Carey (Miss.); Alec Hernandez, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Anthony Vecchio, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Trevor Coules, Ave Maria (Fla.); Jacob Alpluand, Northwood (Fla.); Kyler Kathman, Southeastern (Fla.); Daniel Marin, Warner (Fla.); Gabriel Barron, Webber International (Fla.); Ace Brown, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Louis Falland, Cornerstone (Mich.); Samuel Parlette, Siena Heights (Mich.); Cam Magro, Davenport (Mich.); Marcus Hobbs, Indiana Tech; Nate Wichman, Lourdes (Ohio).
2014 Men’s Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 10): Paul McKenna, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 2 (September 17): Benard Keter, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 3 (September 24): Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 4 (October 1): Mizael Carrera, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Week 5 (October 8): Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 6 (October 15): Isaac Lalang, Texas Wesleyan
Week 7 (October 22): Damion Flores, Eastern Oregon
Week 8 (October 29): Benard Keter, Wayland Baptist (Texas)