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Elvin Kibet
Position: Distance
Other Position: Cross Country: Graduate - Indoor: Senior - Outdoor: Senior
Height: 5'1"
Year: Redshirt Graduate
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
High School: Moi Girls High School
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Pronunciation – Kih-bet

 

2012 MPSF All-Academic

2012 MPSF Champion

2012 NCAA Indoor All-American

2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Second-team (Track)

2012 Pac-12 All-Academic First-team (Cross Country)

2012 All-Pac-12 (Cross Country)

2013 Pac-12 All-Academic Second-team (Cross Country)

2013 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year (Cross Country)

2013 All-Pac-12 (Cross Country)

2012, 2013 NCAA Cross Country All-American

2012, 2014 All-Pac-12 (5K and 10K)

2012, 2014 NCAA Outdoor All-American (First-team – 10K, Second-team – 5K)

2014 Pac-12 All-Academic First-team (Track)

 

2014: Indoors, Kibet suffered an injury was kept out of each competition until she ran at the MPSF Championships in the 3K, courageously finishing in fourth place overall with a time of 16:32.80, scoring five points for the women’s team … Outdoors, Kibet was in top form once again … She clocked a personal-best time of 4:25.23 in the 1,500-meter race early in the season at the ASU Invitational … She then ran at the Mt. SAC Relays and clocked a personal-best time of 32:40.22 in the 10,000-meter race … That time is the second-best time in UA history and ended the year as the No. 4 mark in the country … Kibet earned a third-place finish in the event at the Pac-12 Championships, clocking a time of 34:35.33 … In the 5K, Kibet finished in third place as well at the Pac-12 Championships, posting a time of 16:19.14 … She qualified for both events at the NCAA West Preliminaries, clocking times of 34:07.85 (10K – 3rd) and 16:06.51 (5K – 7th), respectively … She doubled at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second-straight year (redshirted 2013) … In the 10K, Kibet finished in fourth place with a time of 32:43.39, the second-best time of her career … She earned First-team NCAA All-America honors once more in the event … In the 5K, Kibet earned Second-team NCAA Outdoor All-America accolades once more, finishing in 14th place with a time of 16:20.30.

 

2013 (XC): Kibet had another outstanding season, she was not only the top runner for the UA women, but one of the top runners in the country … She was the first Wildcat to cross the finish line in four of the five races she competed in … Kibet began the season with Roy Griak Invitational 6K, she clocked a time of 20:49 and finished in second place overall … At the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, Kibet finished in 21st place overall (fourth Wildcat finisher) with a time of 20:12 in the 6,000-meter race … Kibet earned a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships, hours after finding out she was named the 2013 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year … She finished the 6,000-meter race with a time of 21:15 … At the NCAA West Regional, Kibet finished in eighth place overall with a time of 19:39 … Kibet earned NCAA Cross Country All-America accolades for the second-straight year, finishing in 15th place at the NCAA Championships with a 6K time of 20:27.7 … Kibet was the leader of the women’s team that claimed the first conference championship in program history … She also helped the Wildcats earn a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, the best finish in program history … That second-place finish was the worst finish the women’s team had all season, winning six out of seven competitions.

 

2013: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.

 

2012 (XC): Kibet established herself as the top runner for the women’s squad in 2012, finishing in first place on the team in every race she competed in except one … She earned first-place finishes in the Dave Murray Invitational (three miles) and the Louisville Greater Classic (5K) with times of 16:49 and 16:51.71, respectively … At the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, Kibet took seventh place in the 6K with a time of 19:53 … Kibet took third place at the Pac-12 Championships, clocking a time of 20:11 in the 6,000-meter race … At the NCAA West Regional, Kibet finished in second place on the team and 12th overall with a time of 19:57 in the 6K … At the NCAA Championships, Kibet earned first-team All-America honors with a 19th-place finish and a time of 20:03.3 in the 6,000-meter race.

2012: Kibet put together a terrific track and field season, establishing herself as one of the best distance runners in the country … Indoors, she clocked a personal-best time of 9:12.05 in the 3K at the MPSF Championships, good for sixth place and ranks as the No. 2 time in school history … Kibet won the MPSF Championships in the 5K, clocking a personal-best time of 15:59.16 … She reached the NCAA Championships on an at-large bid, but made the most of her opportunity with a sixth-place in the 5,000-meter race … Kibet’s time of 16:00.91 was the second-best time of her career and was good for All-America accolades … Outdoors, Kibet holds the second-best times in UA history for both the 5K and 10K … Her personal-best time of 15:57.20 in the 5K came at the Mt. SAC Relays, good for 10th place … At the Pac-12 Championships, Kibet finished in fourth place in the 5K, clocking a time of 16:20.47 and earning all-conference honors … She posted a time of 16:20.88 at the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships, taking eighth place overall and sealing a spot in the final … At the NCAA Championships, Kibet clocked a time of 16:39.72 and took 11th place … In the 10,000 meters, earned all-conference accolades as well, posting a time of 34:49.31 at the Pac-12 Championships, good for fourth place … At the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships, Kibet took eighth place overall and punched her ticket to the final with a time of 34:09.81 … Kibet earned All-America status at the NCAA Championships, clocking a personal-best time of 33:02.04, good for seventh place.

 

2011 (XC): Kibet was UA’s first or second finisher in every race of the cross country season … She won the Dave Murray Invitational, running three miles in 16:22 … At the Roy Griak Invitational, Kibet took fourth place in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:46.3, helping the team to a third-place finish … Kibet also helped the women’s squad take third place at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational … Kibet ran the 6K in 20:21.1, good for 12th overall and the top finisher for Arizona … Kibet took 13th place at the Pac-12 Championships, posting a time of 20:25 in the 6,000-meter race … At the NCAA West Regional, Kibet was UA’s top finisher and took fourth place overall, running 6,000 meters in 20:09 … She finished in 52nd place at the NCAA Championships, clocking a time of 20:38.6 in the 6,000-meter race.

 

2011: Posted a solid freshman season despite never having run a competitive race in her career before her arrival at Arizona … Posted a season-best time of 16:28.42 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, just missing a spot on the UA all-time top-10 list in the event … Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships where she would finish 24th overall in a time of 16:39.61.

2010 (XC): Was the UA’s top finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, leading the squad to an 11th-place finish … Was a second-team all-conference honoree with her 11th-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships … She finished 12th at NCAA West Regionals, running 6,000 meters in 20:28.1.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Moi Girls High School … Her brother, Collins Kiprono Kibet, joined the Arizona program in the fall of 2013 as a distance runner.

 

PERSONAL: Born in Eldoret, Kenya, she is the daughter of the Peter and Grace Kibet … One of ten children … Part of a successful running bloodline with two sisters with notable international achievements ... Silvia Kibet was a silver medalist in the 5,000 meters at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin while her other sister, Hildah, was ranked ninth in the world in 2009 in the 10,000 meters.