WKU cross country well represented at Medical Center 10K

Kurt Carson

WKU cross country runners earned top-five spots in the 5K race of this year’s Medical Center 10K Classic.

Redshirt sophomore Lucas Somers finished second while redshirt freshman Jeff Walker finished fourth in the event. 

Somers and Walker are two of several runners who stayed back from pre-nationals while the varsity team had already left.

Walker said he and the other runners decided to run the 5K instead of the 10K just in case any one of them were called to run at pre-nationals.

“We decided to get out and run a race and picked the 5K to keep it light,” Walker said.

Events began as early as 7:30 a.m. with the 5K and wrapped up at 11 a.m. with the awards ceremony. The races start and end every year on WKU’s campus.

Former WKU cross country runner Patrick Cheptoek ran the 10K race and placed second in a photo-finish.

Reuben Mwei passed Cheptoek at the very end and won by merely a tenth of a second.

However, Cheptoek improved on last year’s results in which he finished fourth overall.