AUGUSTA, Ga. — Days removed from making successful outdoor debuts with wins in multiple events at the Braves Track Classic, freshmen Silus Kipkoech and Lashonda Tate were both lauded with weekly honors from the Peach Belt Conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Kipkoech outdistanced the rest of the field in both the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs on Friday to grab PBC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. The Eldoret, Kenya, native registered a time of 4:06.81 (4:24 mile pace) in the 1,500-meter run to best 32 other competitors, while turning in a time of 14:55.41 (4:48 mile pace) in the 5,000-meter run to beat out 18 other competitors in that event.
Tate, a Burlington product, placed first in both the long jump and triple jump at the Braves Track Classic, while also running a leg on the 4×100-meter relay squad that crossed in first place as well. Tate turned in a leap of 5.31 meters to share top honors in the long jump, but stood alone atop the rest of the field with a mark of 11.30 meters in the triple jump. She grabbed a top-5 finish in the 100-meter hurdles as well.
The Braves will continue their outdoor schedule on March 17 when they make the short trip north to compete in the Mount Olive-hosted Trojan Challenge.