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 Sept. 8 – 14 and was selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners. This is the second weekly award of the 2014 season.
Keter, a sophomore from Nakuru, Kenya, made an impression at the NCAA Division I Texas Tech Open on Sept. 12. He clocked a 24:04 in the 8K race to take second-place overall amongst 109 individuals, some of those competitors from the NCAA Division I ranks. His mark was a mere three-plus seconds behind medalist Evans Tuitoek from Texas Tech.
The third Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week will be announced Sept. 24.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Kaleb Wilson, William Woods (Mo.); Roger Herrera, Reinhardt (Ga.); Max Hampton, College of Idaho; Jared Hixon, Southern Oregon; Alek Angeli, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Ethan Gallagher, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Omero Montalvo, St. Francis (Ill.); Neno Bellinotti, Indiana Wesleyan; Isaiah Friesen, Goshen (Ind.); Joel Hartman, Bethel (Ind.); Simon Reidsma, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Skyler Giddings, Northwestern (Iowa); Kwame Jackson, Xavier (La.); Phillip Cheruiyot, Missouri Valley; Jeo Mendez, Ottawa (Kan.); Eric Torres, Point Park (Pa.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Tristan Durbin, Brescia (Ky.); Joe Stewart, Shawnee State (Ohio); Tyler Keith, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Kennedy Kiprop, Grand View (Iowa); Chris Pasquale, Viterbo (Wis.); Aidan Theard, Dickinson State (N.D.); Patrick Mutai, Wiley (Texas); Dontayveous Allen, Jarvis Christian (Texas); Marcos Gutierrez, John Brown (Ark.); Isaac Lalang, Texas Wesleyan; Walker Clampitt, Oklahoma Baptist; Spencer Head, Dalton State (Ga.); Zach Sollie, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Geoffrey Kipchumba, William Carey (Miss.); Alex Guillory, Mobile (Ala.); Daniel Marin, Warner (Fla.); Nic O'Neill, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Steve Glinski, Aquinas (Mich.); Samuel Parlette, Siena Heights (Mich.); Marcus Hobbs, Indiana Tech; Cam Magro, Davenport (Mich.).
2014 Men’s Cross Country Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (September 10): Paul McKenna, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 2 (September 17): Benard Keter of Wayland Baptist (Texas)