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Oct. 31, 2009
DeLAND, Fla. - On a Halloween morning when most people are thinking about tricking, the spectators at Saturday's Atlantic Sun Conference Championship got a treat in the men's race. The race took place at the Sterling Sports Complex and was hosted by Stetson University.
Gilbert Kemboi of USC Upstate and Ken Rotich of ETSU were neck and neck as they came to the finish line. Rotich edged out Kemboi to win the championship after posting a time of 25:31. Upstate's Kemboi finished second with a time of 25:36.
Kemboi's strong effort led the Spartans to a tie for third on Saturday. Upstate also received strong performances from Christian Ritacco and David Dennsion. Ritacco finished 15th overall with a time of 26:53, while Dennison (26:55) finished right behind him in 16th place.
Kennesaw State claimed the men's team championship with 40 points. Finishing just ahead of the Spartans was ETSU, which tallied 82 points. Upstate and UNF tied for third-overall with 98 points. Belmont rounded out the top-five with 102 points.
The Spartans had three other strong performances in the meet. James Jackson finished with a time of 27:36 en route to a 32nd-place finish. Right behind Jackson was Cameron Thomas, who finished 33rd after a time of 27:38. The final Spartan to cross the finish line was Matt Henderson. Henderson finished 35th after a meet time of 27:40.
On the women's side, the Spartans had a pair of top-10 performances by sophomores Jemeli Sang and Carolyne Chelulei. The first Spartan to cross the line was Sang, who finished fifth with a time of 18:06. For the first time in 2009, Chelulei finished behind Sang in a meet. Chelulei finished ninth-overall after an event time of 18:16.
Jacksonville won the women's championship with 43 points. Following the Dolphins in second and third were Kennesaw State (80) and UNF (84). The Spartans finished fourth with 114 points, while Belmont rounded out the top-five with 124 points.
Upstate's Joan Tangwar and Lauren Walker finished in the top 30 in the season's final meet. Tangwar finished the race 27th with a time of 19:07, while Walker (28th) was just a split second behind Tangwar as she finished the meet in 19:07.