LUBBOCK, Texas – Benard Keter was named Outstanding Performer of the Year, as announced by the Big 12 Conference this afternoon.
“I’m really proud of the effort he showed at Big 12, winning both the steeplechase and the 5k,” Head Coach Wes Kittley said. “That was the best meet that I’ve seen him have as a Red Raider… not because the times, but how he competed. Benard really put it on the line and gave our team a boost.”
This is the third conference honor claimed by Keter in the past week, and the fourth during his 2016-17 track & field and cross country season.
Keter had a strong showing at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship this past weekend in Lawrence, Kansas, where he pushed to title himself a Big 12 Champion in both the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter run.
The senior’s 8:49.90 steeplechase run allowed him to defend his Champion title for the second year. His second title of the meet was achieved in his first-ever outdoor championship 5,000-meter appearance, where he paced a 14:11.75 race.
Keter also claimed a Big 12 title back in October for his Cross Country Championship 8,000-meter run of 25:28.70 on the home course in Lubbock.
The last Red Raider to earn Big 12 Male Outstanding Performer of the Year was track & field standout Kennedy Kithuka in 2014, who claimed Big 12 Champion honors in his 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs.
“What a nice honor for Benard,” Head Cross Country Coach Jon Murray said. “It is a testimony to the hard work, competitiveness and dedication he shows every day. He has been a strong team leader for us on the track and winning two Big 12 championships was a great way for him to finish his last Big 12 meet.”
Next up, Keter and the rest of the qualifying Red Raiders will compete in the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, on May 25-17.