Yazmine Wright wins individual title at US championships, men finish second – The Sunflower

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Yazmine Wright won her first-ever AAC individual championship in the women’s 6K with a time of 21: 03.30. She finished 15 seconds ahead of second place which went to SMU. Wright finished 5th overall in the conference championship last year. As a team, the women’s team finished in sixth place.

Winny Koskei won the conference championship last year for the Shockers, which would make it the second year in a row that women have won an individual conference championship.

Wright said she felt like she needed to step up for women to win a championship after losing Koskei at graduation.

“It was really, really good to win,” Wright told GoShockers. “With Winny graduating, I knew someone new should win, and I really wanted it to be me.”

The men had eight riders in the top 25 to clinch a second place in the team in the men’s 8 km. They finished just behind Tulsa, No. 9 nationally, and 16 points ahead of Cincinnati.

The Shockers also won another medal in the women’s 6K. Junior Danielle Rinn finished in 11th place with a time of 22: 02.50 after finishing in 16th place in the conference last year. The Shockers’ top individual finalist in the men’s 8K was second student Shadrack Chumba with a time of 24: 35.90. Chumba finished 9th overall and set a personal best.

Chumba said he started the day confident in his race.

“This morning I woke up and felt great, so I decided to go,” Chumba said. “I am really happy because I wanted it for so long.”

The Shockers’ next race is Friday, November 12 for the NCAA Midwest Regional in Iowa City, Iowa.


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