Lalang named West Region Athlete of the Year - Tucson News Now

Lalang named West Region Athlete of the Year

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona Wildcat cross country sophomore Lawi Lalang has been named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association's (USTFCCCA) Male West Region Athlete of the Year.

Lalang, from Eldoret, Kenya, won the NCAA West Regional race for the second-straight year, clocking a 10K time of 29:02. He beat fellow Wildcat Stephen Sambu by 36 seconds. Lalang has yet to lose a cross country race in his career. He won all six races during his freshman campaign and has won all five races thus far during 2012. Lalang claimed his second-straight Pac-12 title this year, where he and Sambu earned a 1-2 finish by nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted by the University of Louisville at Tom Sawyer State Park. On Saturday, November 17, the women's 6,000-meter race is set to begin at 10 a.m. MST followed by the men's 10,000-meter race at 11:15 a.m. will air a live broadcast of the meet beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's cross country, visit

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