Bowers earns First Ever XC All-American at the National Championships
Friday, November 18, 2022
Bowers earns First Ever XC All-American at the National Championships
Jason Bowers running at the National Championships. (Credit: Judy Seckel)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--Cumberland's Jason Bowers adds All-American to his stack of honors in his incredible freshman campaign after an 11th-place finish at the NAIA National Championships. Denis Kipligat crossed in 88th for his best performance at the meet. 

Bowers became the first-ever men's cross country All-American after an 11th-place finish. The freshman ran the race with a time of 24:20.4. At the halfway point in the race, Bowers was in fourth place in striking distance, but fell behind the final 4000m to finish in 11th place. In order to be an All-American, a student-athlete has to place in the Top 40 of the field. 

In his fourth showing at the NAIA National Championships, Kipligat had his best finish taking 88th place overall out of 336 athletes. Kipligat also set a new personal record with a time of 25:25.2. Kipligat started in the back portion of the pack in 208th place after 1000m, but made a big push over the next 3000m to get inside the Top 100 before finishing in 88th. 

Abraham Chelangham was the individual national champion finishing with a time of 23:41.9, 39.4 seconds faster than Bowers. 

Dordt University claimed the team national championship with 97 points while Milligan University was the National Runner-Up.