Cross Country Release: October 19
Southwestern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship (Oct. 21, 9 am)
Prairie View A&M
News and Notes:
- Alabama State's women's program already holds the record for most SWAC championships by a single school (10), but it looks to take another step toward history this Friday. A title win by Coach Ritchie Beene and the Lady Hornets would give them six straight, putting them just one shy of the 1979-85 Jackson State Lady Tigers, who won seven straight crowns.
- Grambling State's men can become the first repeat champion since the 2012-13 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils if they are successful in defending their conference title.
- The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes have enjoyed great success at the Choctaw Trails -- site of the SWAC Cross Country Championships -- this year, as MVSU's ladies have won two meets on the course over the past two weekends. This Friday, they will go for three straight wins on the trails.
- Reigning Men's Runner of the Year and Grambling State sophomore Hassan Chepkwony has remained a model of consistency this season, as he has finished no worse than seventh in any meet Grambling has competed in this year.
- Alcorn State's Angelica Jacobs became the first Lady Braves runner since Condrea Collins (2012) to win Runner of the Week honors in a season. Jacobs, like Collins, won the accolade twice this year. Said success could bode well for Jacobs, as Collins went on to finish sixth overall in the 2012 championships.
- Aaron Austin of Prairie View A&M finished second last year, and he will look to avoid a 'runner-up slump' so to speak. Dating back to 2008, no men's runner that finished second and returned to competition the following season was able to improve their result, with only one athlete -- former Grambling State standout Darwin Price -- replicating his finish from the year prior. Price finished second in three of his four seasons of competition and also notched a third-place result. 2014 runner up Jose Medina of Texas Southern finished 11th in 2015.