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Everlyn Kemboi Wins First National Championship in UVU T&F history

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Everlyn Kemboi won the Women’s 10,000-meter race at the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Texas Thursday night. The win secured the first National Championship in UVU Track and Field program history. Kemboi finished with a time of 32:39.08 setting a new record for the venue at the University of Texas.

Kemboi won the semifinal race at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento two weeks ago and also holds the third-best time in the country this season. She faced a deep field that included fellow Kenyan and University of Alabama senior, Mercy Chelangat, who was the event’s returning national champion.

Kemboi will also compete in the 5,000-meter race on Saturday at 9:55 p.m. CT on ESPN 2. She’s the national leader this season in that event and will again compete against Chelangat, as well as defending champion Katelyn Tuohy of North Carolina State, who also is the national champion this season in cross country, indoor 3k, and indoor 5k. Utah’s Emily Venters, who holds the top 10k time in the country, will also compete in the 5K alongside Kemboi.

The win put Utah Valley at 8th in the Women’s overall standings through the first 5 events of the weekend.

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