Chesang Prepares for NCAA Championships

Nov. 19, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

2004 Big 12 cross country champion Benson Chesang will represent the Jayhawks on Monday, Nov. 22, as he travels to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

The sophomore will be competing in the event for the second time in as many years. Last season, Chesang raced at the championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa and placed 48th in the event with a 10k time of 30:22.7.

“There are several great competitors in the NCAA,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “I think he has a good chance to finish near the top if he has a perfect race. The goal is to become an All American. He was 48th last year and the competition won’t be any easier this time. I believe he will do a great job, he’s focused and ready to race.”

Chesang was the first ever Big 12 Champion for Kansas in cross country. The last Jayhawk to win an individual conference title was John Lawson, who won the Big Eight championships in 1965. Last weekend, Chesang finished sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 10k time of 30:30.74 to automatically qualify for the national meet.

The 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championships course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men’s race is scheduled to begin a 12:15 p.m. (CST).

Chesang’s race by race results:

Roy Griak Invitational (8K)
11th – 24:38

NCAA Pre-Nationals (8K)
3rd – 23:54.6

Big 12 Championships (8k)
1st – 24:08

NCAA Midwest Regional (10k)
6th – 30:30.74