PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the fourth time in five weeks of competition, sophomore Emmanuel Rotich has been named the American Athletic Conference Male Runner of the Week. This honor comes after Rotich placed first in a field of 134 at the ISU Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday to wrap up the 2016 regular season.
“Emmanuel capped off the regular season with a really significant victory,” director of track and field and cross country Eric Peterson said. “He’s had a strong season throughout, but I felt that he was missing a signature win. My hope is that this will serve him well as he prepares for the postseason. This is the fourth time that he’s been recognized, and it’s a tribute to his hard work and commitment to his training.”
At Pre-Nationals, Rotich led the Green Wave men to a 15th place finish, landing himself at the top of the podium for the second time this year. His time of 24:26.5 was ten seconds faster than the second-place runner from Drake. The win also marks Rotich’s fifth consecutive top-two finish in a race.
Rotich’s success at the ISU Pre-National Invitational was a follow up to his school record-breaking performance in the 8K at the Stanford Invitational two weeks ago. Rotich finished in a quick 23:19.90, second only to an unattached runner from Stanford.
Tulane cross country opens up the postseason in two weeks at the American Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29. The meet will take place in West Chester, Ohio and will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati.
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