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Ben Cheruiyot
Ben Cheruiyot

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Eldoret, Kenya

Last College:
Rend Lake, C.C.

Experience:
1L

2010 South Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year

2010 NCAA Outdoor All-American (5,000m)

2010 SEC Outdoor Champion (5,000m/10,000m)

2010 First Team All-SEC (XC)

2009 NCAA All-American (XC)

2009 First Team All-SEC (XC)

2010 Cross Country: Finished 11th at the NCAA Championships, finishing the 10k course in 31:17.7 ... Earned First Team All-SEC honors by placing second at the SEC Championships in 24:01.36 on the 8k course ... Finished seventh at the NCAA South Regional in 30:19.33 (10k) ... Was Auburn's top finisher in every race in which he competed ... Won the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic in 23:15.96 ... Third at the Crimson Classic and fifth at the Chile Pepper Festival.

2010 Outdoor: Earned All-American honors in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing seventh with a time of 29:09.09 ... Also finished 17th in the 10k at the NCAA meet in 14:08.00 ... Was the only male double winner at the SEC Outdoor Championships, winning both the 5000 meters and the 10,000 meters ... Became the first Auburn male to win both events at an SEC championship meet ... His 10k time at the SEC meet of 29:31.82 ranks seventh in Auburn history ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships in both events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, placing second in the 10k (29:44.76) and fourth in the 5k (14:04.22) ... Was second in the 5k - first among collegians - at the War Eagle Invitational with a time of 13:42.59 that ranks fourth in Auburn history ... Ran on Auburn's 4xMile relay team at the Penn Relays that finished second.

2010 Indoor: Finished second in the 5000 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 13:54.86 that ranks third in Auburn indoor history ... Also placed seventh in the SEC meet in the 3,000 meters in 8:13.95 ... Provisionally qualified in the 5,000m at the Tyson Invitational, finishing fourth with a time of 13:56.60 ... Was ninth in the 5,000m at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a time of 14:03.72 ... Won the 3,000m at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup with a time of 8:11.60 ... Ran the mile at the season-opening Kentucky Invitational, finishing seventh in 4:13.88.

2009 Cross Country: Earned his first NCAA All-American honor after placing 15th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 29:51.4 on the 10K course, helping lead Auburn to a 25th-place team finish ... Was Auburn's top runner at four of seven meets, and finished in the top 10 overall at all seven meets ... Finished third overall at the NCAA South Regional with a time of 30:00.54 ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors by placing fifth at the SEC Championships with a time of 24:52.54 (8k) ... Was the individual champion at the Troy Trojan Invitational in 15:24.29 (5k) ... Was second overall at the Crimson Classic with a time of 24:29.50 ... Seventh at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (24:05.04) and 10th at the NCAA Pre-Nationals (24:03.5).

2009 Outdoor: Competed at three meets, including the SEC Championships, where he placed 10th in the 5000 meters with a time of 14:19.36... Won the 3,000 meters at the Coach O Invitational with a time of 8:32.46 ... Placed second at Florida State in the 5000m with a time of 14:44.80.

Prior to Auburn: Won the 2007 NJCAA national championship for cross country, posting a time of 23:29 on the five-mile course while leading his team to a fifth-place finish ... Finished second in the 5000 meters (14:39.19) and ran on the winning distance medley relay team at the 2008 NJCAA Indoor Championships while Rend Lake won the team title ... Did not compete outdoors ... Named to the 2007 NJCAA Academic All-American team.

Personal: Son of Ezekiel and Nancy Cheruiyot ... Born April 10, 1987 in Eldoret, Kenya ... Majoring in health promotions with a minor in business.