Jackson State’s track and field team wins men’s SWAC cross-country title

Jackson State captured the 2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Cross-Country Championship on Monday, with a team score of 41 points by virtue of a head-to-head tie breaker — Jackson State had better individual results — over Prairie View A&M.

JSU Men CC Swac championshipJSU’s Vincent Langat finished the race in first place, earning the individual title with a time of 24:48.40. Langat also captured the runner of the year honors with his first place finish.

Prairie View A&M’s Levante Williams came in second place overall, and Henry Kiplagat of Jackson State rounded out the top-three finishers.

Arkansas Pine Bluff finished in third place for the team portion with 87 points. Alabama State (94), Texas Southern (103), Mississippi Valley State (165) and Alcorn State (172) rounded out the standings.

Mark Thorne of Jackson State was named SWAC Men’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year.

The All-Conference teams were also announced. The teams are below.

First Team All-Conference
Vincent Langat (Jackson State)
Levante Williams (Prairie View A&M)
Henry Kiplagat (Jackson State)
Aaron Austin (Prairie View A&M)
Wade Garner (Arkansas Pine Bluff)

Second Team All-Conference
Francisco Hernandez (Prairie View A&M)
Darrion Hampton (Jackson State)
Joshua Coffelt (Alabama State)
Gregory Thigpen (Alabama State)
Jorge Martinez (Texas Southern)

2017 Men’s Runner of the Year
Vincent Langat (Jackson State)

2017 SWAC Men’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year
Mark Thorne (Jackson State)