Milligan freshman Rotich upsets national champion

from staff reports


   Milligan freshman Philip Rotich edged defending national champion Alexis Sharangabo in the 5-mile NAIA Region Championship held at Daniel Boone High School in Gray as the Buffalo men took third-place honors overall.
   Rotich, a native of Kenya, led the 80 percent of the race before giving up the top position to Sharangabo heading into the final mile. Over the last 1/4 mile, Rotich made a charge past the Brevard College runner to take home the victory.
   At the end Rotich's time over the course was at 25:34, beating Sharangabo by three seconds. This was a far cry from one year ago, when the Rwandan-born Sharangabo easily won the meet.
   In the team standings, Berea College of Kentucky were awarded the regional title by one point over Brevard and took an automatic bid to the NAIA National Meet in Kenosha, Wisconsin to be held on Saturday, November 17.
   A rematch between Rotich and Sharangabo also will highlight the NAIA nationals. Other Milligan runners who qualified for the Wisconsin meet were fourth place Ryan Starr and eighth place finisher Trevor Donovan.
   On the women's side of the competition, three Milligan ladies also earned a trip to the nationals. They were second place overall finisher Dawn Shatzer, freshman Rebecca Dixon of Bristol and Angela McGraw.
   They will share a berth at the nationals with Izabela Luckiewicz of Berea, who won the overall meet.