Kimeli, Flanagan Earn Southland Conference Honors

Official Southland Conference Release

FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi junior Patrick Kimeli was named Southland Conference Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year, while head coach Shawn Flanagan was named the Women's Coach of the Year marking his 28th career conference Coach of the Year honor, the league announced today. 

"It's a big honor and it's a result of how hard all the ladies on the team have worked to be successful," Flanagan said. "It's a win-win situation." 

Kimeli earned his second consecutive Southland Male Athlete of the Year award after clinching the men's 8k individual race Monday at the Southland Championships. The native of Eldoret, Kenya crossed the line with a time of 24:50.6 to clinch his second consecutive individual title.   

"Patrick is getting better and better as we go along," Flanagan said. "He finished 15th as a freshman, first as a sophomore and first again this year. It's just part of his development and we are hopeful he can go back to Nationals and better his result. The Regionals meet is going to be a tough meet but he is looking fitter than last year so we are looking for good results." 

Kimeli joins former Islander and current assistant coach Shadrack Songok as the only conference runners to win the Southland cross country 8k event and be named athlete of the year in two consecutive years. Songok earned the award in 2006 and 2007. 

Kimeli joins Songok and Anne Ronoh as the only Islanders to earn the honor.   

Flanagan, a 10-time coach of the year, earned his eighth Southland Women's Coach of the Year honor and third for the Islanders after guiding the women's team to its fourth team title in five years. Flanagan led the Islanders to their eighth title as a team out of 11 conference meets. Before joining the Southland, the Islanders won four as a Division I Independent conference. Flanagan ranks first all-time among Southland coaches with 10 championships combined between Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and UTSA. 

Flanagan earned the Women's Coach of the Year honor in 2007 and 2008, when the women won the team titles back-to-back. 

Kimeli, along with seniors Julia Sambu and Kristine Burciaga all earned All-Conference honors for finishing in the top 10 at the conference championships. 

The Islanders will next be in action at the NCAA Regional in Waco, Texas, on Sat., Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.  

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Individual Award Winners 

Male Athlete of the Year – Patrick Kimeli, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Female Athlete of the Year – Lauren Smith, Stephen F. Austin
Male Freshman of the Year – Sam Stabler, Lamar
Female Freshman of the Year – Carly Kitts, UTSA
Male Newcomer of the Year – Alex Bruce-Littlewood, McNeese State
Female Newcomer of the Year – Amy Talbot, McNeese State
Men's Coach of the Year – Trey Clark, Lamar
Women's Coach of the Year – Shawn Flanagan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
 

Men's Cross Country All-Conference Team 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

Patrick Kimeli

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

Eldoret, Kenya

Matt Johnsen

Lamar

So.

Broulee, Australia

Albert Cardenas

UTSA

Sr.

Converse, Texas

Tom Wade

Lamar

Gr.

Isle of Wight, England

Cole Reveal

UTSA

Sr.

Frisco, Texas

Bob Ahimbisibwe

Lamar

Jr.

Kampala, Uganda

Joe Wade

Lamar

Gr.

Isle of Wight, England

Michael Morris

Texas State

Sr.

Wills Point, Texas

Alex Bruce-Littlewood

McNeese State

Gr.

London, England

Anthony Pequeno

Lamar

Sr.

Amarillo, Texas

Women's Cross Country All-Conference Team 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

Lauren Smith

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Lake Jackson, Texas

Kristine Torres Burciaga

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

San Antonio, Texas

Randi Plentl

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Overton, Texas

Steffanie Armstrong

Texas State

Sr.

New Braunfels, Texas

Julia Sambu

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Eldoret, Kenya

Fionnuala Ross

McNeese State

Jr.

Aghagallon, Northern Ireland

Nina Herrerra

UTSA

So.

El Paso, Texas

Sam Walkow

Lamar

Jr.

Surrey, British Columbia

Alyssa Diaz

UTSA

So.

Hereford, Texas

Amy Talbot

McNeese State

So.

Liverpool, England