Korir Embarks on Third NCAA Championship

Nov. 21, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Mark Korir will run his last cross country race of his illustrious career for the University of Wyoming on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind., at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

"Mark has been an incredible runner and leader for this University for the past three years and has a chance to become the first three-time All-American in Wyoming history on Monday," said UW head coach Randy Cole. "He has put the Brown and Gold on the map in the cross country world and you won't be able to miss him on Monday in the lead pack with his gameday gold jersey."

The Championships will be televised on CBS College Sports beginning at 10 a.m. (MST) and will run till 11:30 a.m., there will also be a live webcast on NCAA.com.

During the 2007 NCAA Championships Korir finished in 19th-place with a time of 30.13 and in 2006 in 22nd-place with a time of 31.24.

"Mark is a great competitor and he heads into this Championship with the goal of improving on his place and time from the last two years and who knows what can happen," said Cole.

The `Pokes ran in Terre Haute, Ind., earlier in the year at the Pre-Nationals Invite where Korir placed seventh overall in the 8k race. On Monday, they will be running on the same course but be running a 10-kilometer race.

This year the NCAA changed the rule to the top-40 individuals in both races will be named All-American regardless of nationality.

Unfortunately Cowgirl junior Emily Higgins was unable to run along with Korir as she was short of qualifying by only two-seconds and was left on the outside looking in.