EDWARDSVILLE - Warriors cross-country runner Elkanah Kibet battled his way to win the NJCAA field and lead the RLC team to a second-place finish at the Border War Championship held Saturday at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Kibet (Kenya) finished the eight-kilometer course five seconds faster than second-place finisher Noah Too, of Mid American Nazarene University, to win the annual meet over 316 runners. Kibet’s time was 24:31.45 and Too’s time was 24:36.16.
Six additional RLC runners - Cory Currie (Ontario, Canada), Steeve Gabart (Miami Shores, Fla.), Kyle Cash (Greenup), Ahmed Mohamed (Carol Stream), Jeremy Whitaker (Granite City) and Trevor Popravak (Ft. Myers, Fla.) - added to the team’s overall time of 2:09:25, which was only 13 seconds behind the team from Missouri Southern State. Gabart, Currie, Cash, Mohamed, Whitaker and Popravak came in at 15th, 23rd, 25th, 52nd, 62nd and 65th, respectively.
RLC runner Phil Mevert (Steeleville) ran individually for a time of 28:27.35 and was the 188th runner to finish the course.
In Lady Warriors cross-country - the team finished Border War in 21st place and was led by freshman Kim Beardwood (Ontario, Canada) with a time of 19:50.10 for 77th place. Coming in behind Beardwood were RLC runners Nikura Walls (Colp) at 114th, Tasha Atchley (Rockford) at 140th, Johnetta Hammond (Crawfordsville) at 147th and Laura Johnston (Benton) at 151st.
Washington University’s team won the women’s portion of Border War with an overall time of 1:32:51.71. The Warriors women’s overall time was 1:46:31.57. The best runner on Saturday was Stacy Kentzler of Pittsburg State with a time of 17:48.
The teams will compete again on Oct. 20, at the 2006 Region 24 Championships, to be held adjacent to the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.