Grambling’s Naomi Kiprop wins Lois Davis Invitational

MAGNOLIA, Ark. | Grambling State University’s Naomi Kiprop won the women’s race and Hassan Chepkwony placed second on Friday night at the 8th Annual Lois Davis College Invitational, hosted by Southern Arkansas University.

Kiprop, who won her second meet of the season, led the Lady Tigers and completed the 5K course nearly one minute ahead of the next competitor. She crossed the finish line in 19 minutes and 28 seconds. Teammate Halima Chepkwony paced third, with a time of 20:21.2. Priscilla Kibet and Winny Chirchir finished eighth and 10th, respectively, with times of 21:25.5 and 21:31.9. Angelica Brown rounded out the individual scoring with an 18th-place finish, with a time of 22:45.4.

Grambling State placed second with 40 points as host Southern Arkansas won the meet with 34 points. Louisiana Tech (70), Henderson State (131), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (132), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (157), Jacksonville College (162) and Philander Smith (205) rounded out the eight-team field.

On the men’s side, Hassan Chepkwony finished just nine seconds behind Southern Arkansas’ Lane Alexander to claim the second spot in 26:21.7. The second-place finish was Chepkwony’s best this season on an 8K course. Aaron Koech and Noah Rugut finished eighth and 10th, respectively, at 27:56.9 and 28:01.8. Hillary Kiprop gave the Tigers their fourth runner inside the Top 20 as he finished 17th, with a time of 29:07.5. Jeremiah Kimeli and Bryson Bradford placed 38th and 41st.

Grambling State finished third with 59 points. Southern Arkansas won the meet with 24 points, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff took second with 57 points. Bossier Parish Community College (116), Jacksonville College (120) and Arkansas-Monticello (177) rounded out the six-team field.

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