Both Menlo College's men’s and women’s cross country teams made the trip down to Irvine Regional Park on Friday morning for the Golden State Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship race.
The men’s team, led by Jacob Kipyego, finished third, its best finish ever. On the women’s side, Naomy Lagat was the top finisher for the Oaks and led the squad to a team-best third place finish.
For the first time this season, freshman Jacob Kipyego was the first to cross the finish line for the Oaks. Kipyego, a native of Kapsabet, Kenya, cemented himself as an all-conference selection with an eighth place individual finish with a time of 26:27.5. Junior Logan Pine was not far behind, tallying a 12th place finish with a time of 26:40.6.
School record holder Benjamin Ronoh was the next to cross the line, with an uncharacteristic 17th place finish with a time of 27:01.6. He was followed by Connor Dmytriw (18th place, 27:06.6) and Noble Boutin (24th place, 27:36.0). Pine and Kipyego each finished in the top 14, netting them All-Conference status.
Naomy Lagat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, earned All-Conference honors with a fifth-place individual finish in a time of 19:00.6. She was the first of three Oaks to finish in the top 14, earning them All-GSAC honors. Freshman Hannah Dumaine followed in 11th (19:24.7) and junior Rosalina Castro came in 14th (20:02.1).