STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Leonard Korir, Men's Indoor Track
Iona College men's indoor track junior Leonard Korir won the 2011 NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field 5,000-meter national championship this evening at Texas A&M University. Korir becomes the first national champion in Iona athletics history.
Korir blazed a time of 13:26.01 setting a new NCAA Championship and Iona College record in the 5k event. The previous championship standard was 13:28.93, set on Mar. 14, 2003 by Arkansas' Alistair Cragg. Iona's record was held by standout graduate Richard Kiplagat, a time of 13:39.87 set at the Tyson Invitational in 2006. Korir's time was nearly four seconds faster than Craig's mark and nearly 14 seconds faster than Kiplagat's time.
Korir finished nearly a second faster than the No. 2 competitor in the race, Liberty's Sam Chelanga. Arizona's Stephen Sambu was third in 13:28.48. In the fall, Korir finished fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championship behind both Chelanga and Sambu.
Korir earned his second All-American honors of the weekend and third of the 2010-11 campaign with his sixth place finish in the 3,000-meter run at 2011 NCAA Championships hosted by Texas A&M University.