Columbus State Wins Fifth Straight PBC Men’s Cross Country Championship
EVANS, GA – Columbus State’s Meshack Koyiaki shattered the course record and helped the Columbus State Cougars to win their fifth consecutive PBC men’s cross country championship on Saturday at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., part of the PBC Fall Festival. UNC Pembroke equaled their best conference finish ever, coming in second while Clayton State finished third. Georgia College was fourth and Augusta State was fifth.
Koyiaki, a junior from Kilgoris, Kenya, broke the course 8k record by over two minutes in a time of 24:13 and became the first runner since Kennesaw State’s Joseph Mutai to win back-to-back conference championships. He is only the third PBC runner to repeat as champion. Koyiaki was followed across the line by Nicolas Kering who ran a 24:37 to finish second. In all, Columbus State placed four of their runners in the top seven as David Marley was sixth in 26:12 and Stephen Bowers seventh in 26:17. Columbus State’s fifth straight championship, won by the largest margin yet, is the second-longest string of consecutive titles, trailing only Kennesaw State who won six in a row from 1994-99.
UNC Pembroke’s Pardon Ndhlovu finished third to lead the Braves to their second-place finish. Ndhlovu ran a time of 25:13 and was followed by Chris Schroll who was fifth in 25:49. A freshman, Schroll was the low freshman runner and named the PBC’s Freshman of the Year. The second-place finish for the Braves matches their effort of 2005 and 1992. Kevin Clancy finished 13th in 26:53 while Zach Bayless was 17th in 27:13.
Clayton State finished third overall in the team standings as senior Fidelis Mutiso was fourth across the line. Mutiso ran the 8k in 25:40, ahead of Albert Mong’ony who was 11th in 26:33. Charles Anderson was next in 12th in 26:38.
Georgia College finished fifth as Daniel Horseman ran a top-10 time of 26:18 for eighth place. Augusta State, running their first PBC Championship since 2002, finished fifth. ASU’s Dustin Ross was ninth in 26:18 while Robert Blackwelder was 10th in 26:32. Flagler’s Michael Lambert finished 14th in 26:54 to be named All-Conference.
The top seven runners in Saturday’s race were named first-team All-Conference while the second seven were named to the second team.
PBC Men’s Cross
Meshack Koyiaki, Columbus State
Nicolas Kering, Columbus State
Pardon Ndhlovu, UNC Pembroke
Fidelis Mutiso, Clayton State
Chris Schroll, UNC Pembroke
David Marley, Columbus State
Stephen Bowers, Columbus State
Daniel Horseman, Georgia College
Dustin Ross, Augusta State
Robert Blackwelder, Augusta State
Albert Mong’ony, Clayton State
Charles Anderson, Clayton State
Kevin Clancy, UNC Pembroke
Michael Lambert, Flagler
Freshman of the Year
Chris Schroll, UNC Pembroke