PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Isaiah Samoei finished eighth on Thursday night in the men’s NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.
Samoei, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, posted a time of 31 minutes, 43.47 seconds to give the Greyhounds one team point. As a top-eight finisher, he was accorded All-American honors.
He is the first ENMU track athlete to earn All-American status since the department moved from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level for the 1984-85 school year. It’s the first time the Hounds have participation at an NCAA championship track event, although they’ve sent several in field events over the last several seasons.
Senior Tyler Pennel of Western State (Colo.) took the race in a time of 31:11.05, with Adams State senior Matt Bond second at 31:15.30.
ENMU has one other competitor at nationals in senior Daniel Draper, who throws in men’s javelin at 11:15 a.m. (MDT) on Saturday.