MVC Track Student-Athlete Earns All-American Status at NAIA National Meet

Posted May 22, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (May 22, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College outdoor track and field programs opened competition at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. The National meet began Thursday and lasts through Saturday.


One Viking competed at the National meet Thursday as Freshman Phillip Cheruiyot (Nairobi, Kenya) ran in the 10000 meter run. Cheruiyot finished the race in seventh place in a time of 31:14.35. Cheruiyot earned All-American status with his finish in the 10000 meter race.


Cheriyout and five other members of the men’s track and field team will compete at the National meet through the rest of the weekend. Cheruiyot will run in the marathon Saturday. Also qualifying in running events are Senior Ignacio Franco (Cadiz, Spain) in the 800 meter run, Freshman Spencer Head (Camas, Wash.) in the 800 meter run with prelims Friday at 2:20 p.m. and Freshman Nate Martin (Jackson, Mo.) in the marathon Saturday. Competing in field events include Junior Andrew Longboy (Milani, Hawaii) in the high jump Friday at 6 p.m., and Senior Byron Evans (Chicago, Ill.) in the triple jump Saturday.


Junior Sarah Niemeier will represent the MVC women’s team at the National meet as she will compete at 6 a.m., Saturday in the marathon.


The 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship takes place at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more on the National meet, go to


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