Kemboi and Sang Snag A-Sun Track Athlete of the Week Honors

February 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

MACON, Ga. –
Junior Gilbert Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya) and senior Jemeli Sang (Eldoret, Kenya) of the USC Upstate track & field programs were named the Atlantic Sun Conference Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and A-Sun Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, respectively as announced by the conference office today.

This is Kemobi’s third-career A-Sun Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor. He set a school record in the men’s 5,000-meter with a top-place finish at the Niswonger Invitational hosted by ETSU Jan. 27-28. His time of 14:23.19 in the event ranks as the best in the A-Sun and 18th in the nation.

“Gilbert and Jemeli both are very deserving of this award,” said head coach Natalie Smith. “At this point, it’s hard to talk about them separately after being individual champs in cross country as well as scholar athletes and now both getting the track athlete of the week awards. Both of these individuals put not only put the work in to become great, but they also dedicate themselves in the classroom. I am not sure how many times both Coach (Carson) Blackwelder and I have heard professors say what a pleasure it is having them in their classes. I am extremely proud of Gilbert and Jemeli and I look forward to what the remainder of the season has in store.”

Sang earned her first-career indoor conference weekly accolade. At the Niswonger Invitational Jan. 27-28, she set a school record in the women’s 3,000-meter with a winning time of 9:51.61. Her time broke the previous school record by 12 seconds and her performance ranks first in the conference.

Upstate returns to action Saturday, Feb. 4, traveling to UNC Chapel Hill for the Kent Taylor Invitational. Follow the Spartans this season on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.