BIRMINGHAM – University of Alabama graduate student Vincent Kiprop is the first Crimson Tide cross country runner to be named the 2019 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday.

The 2017 SEC Cross Country Men’s Runner of the Year, Kiprop has a 4.0 graduate school GPA in health education and promotion.

A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Kiprop has an undergraduate degree from Alabama with a 3.87 GPA in public health.

At the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (Oct. 4), Kiprop crossed the finish line first and was named the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week following his achievement.

The Kericho, Kenya, was also named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, and was the first Alabama runner since 2015 that had been awarded the honor during the cross country season.