|2019 Big 12 Conference Men’s Newcomer of the Year|
|2019 Cross Country Midwest Region honors (21st place)|
|2019 Cross Country All-Big 12 Team|
2019 CROSS COUNTRY (Fr.)
In his first official race as a Jayhawk, was KU’s first finisher at the Pre-National Invitational (10/19), crossing the finish line in 24:14.2 to place 33rd among a field of 257 of some of the best runners in the nation in the Men’s 8K Blue Race … Helped lead the men’s team to a top-20 finish at Pre-Nationals, where they placed 19th out of 38 teams with 532 points … For the second-straight meet, was the Jayhawks’ first runner to cross the finish line at the Big 12 Championship (11/2) … His 8K time of 24:06.0 propelled Gibbens to a 12th-place finish and as one of the top-15 overall runners, he earned a place on the All-Big 12 Team (one of only two freshmen to make the team) … Led the men’s team to a fourth-place finish with 92 points … As one of the top-25 finishers in each race, earned All-Region honors with his 21st-place finish in 31:26.2 at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championships (11/15) in Stillwater, Oklahoma … Best finish (one of three) for a KU runner at a Regional Meet since 2015 … Collectively, Kansas ran to a third-place team finish at the OSU Cross Country Course, which marked the men’s highest finish at a Regional meet since 2006.
Won a combined eight letters in cross country and track & field under the guidance of head coach Pete Doll at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri … The Kewpies were the 2018 Sectional Cross Country Champions as well as the 2019 District Champions in track & field … A school record holder in four events: 3,200 meters (9:19), the 4×800-meter relay (7:49), the Distance Medley Relay (10:29) and the Sprint Medley Relay (3:33) … Named the Hickman Athlete of the Year in 2019 … A 2019 member of the Hickman Hall of Fame … A National AP Scholar … The Jerome A. Sally Award recipient.
Son of Kevin and Whitney Gibbens … Has three older siblings: Brynden, Christian and Colin … Plans to major in political science and attend law school.