Alabama senior Alfred Chelanga was selected as the NCAA South Region Men’s Runner of the Year, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.
The Nairobi, Kenya, native won the NCAA South Region cross country championship on Nov. 9, completing the 10,000-meter course at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla., in 30:59.2 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Chelanga also took second at the SEC Cross Country Championships in October.
He is the fourth Tide runner to earn regional runner of the year honors and the third the last four seasons, joining Gilbert Kigen (2017), Antibahs Kosgei (2015) and David Kimani (2000, 2001, 2002).
Chelanga will cap his season at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wis. The men’s 10,000-meter race will get underway at 11:45 a.m. CT.