Big 12 Cross Country Championships (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
2006: Competed in five meets ... Finished fourth on the team and ninth overall at the KU/KSU Dual ... Ran an 8K personal record at the NCAA Pre-Nationals (25:59.1) ... Placed 196th at the Roy Griak Invitational (27:08.1).
2005: Won the Big 12 Championship for the second year in a row (23:45) ... Garnered all-conference and all-region honors ... Was the team's top finisher in four of the five races in which he competed ... Helped the team to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the Jayhawks' best result at Nationals since 1989 ... Finished second overall at the Roy Griak Invitational (24:05), losing only to two-time national champion ... Ran a 24:05.2 at Pre-Nationals, good for 14th overall ... Finished 11th at NCAA Midwest Regionals in a time of 31:26.
2004: All-American ... Had the best season for a Kansas runner since John Lawson in 1965 ... As a sophomore, was the Jayhawks' top runner for the second year in a row ... A 2004 All-Big 12 runner ... Won the Big 12 Championships (24:07.43) ... The only Kansas runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... Finished seventh at the NCAA Championships (30:59.4) ... Big 12 Runner of the Week for the week of September 28 ... Finished sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a time of 30:30.74 ... Had a third place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals (23:54.6) ... Finished 11th at the Roy Griak Invitational (24:38).
2003: As a freshman, was the Jayhawks' top runner and the lone qualifier for the NCAA Championships ... Finished 48th at the NCAA Championships (30:22.7) ... Finished second at the 10k Midwest Regionals in 30:41 ... Placed 11th at the Big 12 Championships (25:05.90, 8k) ... Finished second at the Bob Timmons Invitational, Wildcat Invitational and the OSU Cowboy Jamboree ... Won 10,000m at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships after coming to the team in the spring of 2002.
High School: Placed third in the 8k at the 1998 District Championships ... Finished second in the 5000m at the 1999 Provincial Championships ... Placed first in the 1500m in 2000 at the Interhouse Championships, good for a school record ... Parents are Susan and Kipsang Cheptallam ... Born December 27, 1982, in Eldama Ravine, Kenya ... Majoring in biochemistry.