Missouri Southern sophomore distance runner Vincent Kiprop has been named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Male Track Athlete of the Year, the organization announced today.
Kiprop, a native of Kericho, Kenya, was the indoor Regional Athlete of the Year this year, as well. This is his second-straight outdoor track and field regional award as he won in 2016, as well. Kiprop won the 2016 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship, while winning the National Championship in the indoor 5k this year too. He was the cross country National Athlete of the Year, while also earning the cross country National Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from the USTFCCCA for the second-straight year.
This outdoor season, Kiprop has the top time in Division II in the 10k, as well as posting the third-best time in the 5k. He has qualified nationally for both events and will compete this weekend in Bradenton, Fla. at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kiprop won the 10k at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays this year in a blistering time of 28:19.94 which destroyed his previous school record and stands as the seventh-best time in the history of Division II in the event. Kiprop's time, at that point, stood as the 11th-fastest time in the world in the event this year, but now stands at 59th-fastest.
He is the current MSSU school record holder in the indoor 3k and 5k, as well as the outdoor 1,500m, 5k and 10k.