CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior distance runner Emmanuel Kirwa (Kapsabet, Kenya) is in Terre Haute, Ind., for the final cross country race of his collegiate career.
Kirwa, a three-time Southern Conference men's cross country Runner of the Year, is Chattanooga's lone representative in the NCAA National Cross Country Championships hosted by Indiana State at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. The men's race is set to start at 12:48 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 22.
Kirwa earned one of four automatic bids from the NCAA South Region as the fourth individual finisher in the race. He ran the 10-kilometer course in a personal best time of 30:22.31. Chattanooga's last NCAA qualifier for the cross country nationals was Lanni Marchant in 2006. Ian Mayne and Shannon Wommack each qualified in 2005.
The race is set to begin at 12:48 p.m. and will be aired live on NCAA.com.