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Lawi Lalang
Position: Distance
Other Position: XC: Junior - Indoor: Senior - Outdoor: Senior
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
High School: Emining
Experience: ZZZ
Lalang Photos

2011, 2012 Pac-12 Male Athlete of the Year (Cross Country)

2011, 2012 USTFCCCA West Regional Male Athlete of the Year (Cross Country)

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

2012, 2013 Division I Indoor National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

2013, 2014 MPSF All-Academic

2012, 2013, 2014 West Region Track Athlete of the Year

Men’s Track Scholar Athlete of the Year (Indoor – 2013, Outdoor – 2013, 2014)

2013, 2014 USTFCCCA Academic All-American

2013, 2014 The Bowerman Finalist

2014 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal

Six-time Pac-10/12 Champion (1,500M – 3; 5,000M – 2; 10,000M – 1)

Three-time MPSF Champion (3,000M – 2, 5,000M – 1)

Eight-Time NCAA Champion (XC – 1; Indoor – 4; Outdoor – 3)


2014: Indoors, Lalang began his season with the 800 meter race at the Cherry & Silver Invitational where he clocked a time of 1:51.20 … Next, Lalang won the 3K at the UW Invitational with a time of 7:44.20 … Next, Lalang set the collegiate record in the mile at the Millrose Games, clocking a time of 3:52.88, the second collegiate record of his career … He finished in second place overall among the professional athletes … Lalang won the 5K at the MPSF Championships with a time of 13:41.58 … At the NCAA Championships, Lalang earned runner-up finishes in the mile and 5K, clocking times of 4:02.81 and 13:52.83, respectively … Outdoors, Lalang won the Pac-12 Championships in the 1,500-meter race and the 5K in times of 3:36.34 and 13:41.44 … He is the fourth athlete in conference history win three titles in the men’s 1,500-meter race at the conference championships … Lalang garnered six conference championships over the course of his career track and field career … He won three in the 1,500 meters, two in the 5K and 1 in the 10K … The only person in conference history with more individual titles than Lalang is UA alumnus Robert Cheseret, who won eight … Lalang and three other athletes have won six … Lalang competed in the 1,500 meters and 5K at the NCAA West Preliminaries, advancing to the NCAA Championships in both … Lalang won the 5K for the second-straight year with a time of 13:18.36 … That time is the third-best mark of Lalang’s career but his fastest in a collegiate race … Lalang’s broke the NCAA meet record set by Sydney Maree (Villanova) on June 2, 1979, when he ran 13:20.63 … Lalang passed former Wildcat Amy Skieresz for most NCAA Championships in Arizona history, both had seven before Lalang won the 5K … Per the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA), Lalang is the seventh man in Division I history to claim consecutive 5000 meters (or three-mile) titles outdoors, and the first since Chris Solinsky of Wisconsin in 2006 and 2007 … Lalang is the all-time (since at least 1982) career top scorer in the event with 34 points (2011 2nd; 2012 3rd; 2013 1st; 2014 1st) … In the final of the 1,500-meter race, Lalang finished second overall with a time of 3:39.13.


2013 (XC): Lalang competed in one race during the season, finishing in 13th place at the 8K Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a time 23:35, the top finisher for the Wildcats.


2013 (Post-collegiate season): Following the collegiate season, Lalang set an all-time, all-dates collegiate best of 13:00.95 in Monaco on July 19 … That time is the fastest a collegiate male has ever run a 5K … It is not the collegiate record because it did not take place during the collegiate season … Lalang, in Ostrava, Czech Republic set the previous fastest time on June 27 where he ran 13:07.13 … Lalang’s time is also the new school record … He holds school records for the indoor mile, 3K and 5K and the outdoor 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters … Lalang also ran a personal-best time of 3:33.20 in the 1,500-meter race to finish fifth overall at the Paris Diamond League Meeting … The time smashes his school record by more than three seconds.


2013: Lalang became just the second man to win four individual distance titles in one academic year, joining 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in both 1980 and 1982 … Lalang is the first person in collegiate history to win NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile and 3K and NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5K and 10K in the same year … At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, he was the only student-athlete in the entire competition, men or women, to claim two individual titles … He is only the 12th man in collegiate history to complete the 5K/10K double at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … He has now won seven NCAA titles, one cross country, four indoors and two outdoors … Lalang’s 3:54.74 win in the mile at the DI Indoor Championships bested the 18-year-old record of 3:55.33 set by Kevin Sullivan of Michigan in 1995 and gave him the fourth-fastest indoor mile time in collegiate history … He defeated collegiate record-holder Chris O’Hare and NC State’s Ryan Hill, owner of two all-time collegiate top-ten marks in the mile, to earn the victory … He also took down Colorado’s Adam Goucher’s 1998 NCAA Meet record of 7:46.03 at 3,000 meters en route to winning the title in 7:45.94, the tenth-fastest mark in collegiate history … In the process, he became the first man since Washington State’s Bernard Lagat in 1999 to win both titles in the same meet … At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Lalang's mile race started at 6:10 p.m. CST.,  then he returned to the track to defend his title in the 3K at 7:55 p.m. on the same night … He claimed two NCAA titles in less than two hours … His indoor season also included a 3:54.56 fifth-place finish in the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile, good for second among collegians to record-holder O’Hare, and a 7:42.79 win at 3000 meters at the Razorback Team Invitational, giving him the third-fastest time in collegiate history in the event.

Lalang’s outdoor campaign culminated with a 13:35.19 NCAA title-winning performance in the 5K and another title in 29:29.65 in the 10K … He finished his outdoor campaign undefeated in nine events between 1,500 meters, 5K and 10,000 meters … He won Pac-12 titles at both 1,500 meters and 10,000 meters, with his winning 1,500 time of 3:38.53 standing as the collegiate leader at the end of the season despite not contesting the event at the NCAA Championships … His first ever 10K at the Pac-12 Championships was the No. 3 time in UA history, 28:14.63 was his personal-best time.


2012 (XC): Lalang was named the Pac-12 Male Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year … Lalang won the Pac-12 title, NCAA West Regional title and the USTFCCCA West Region Male Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year as well … He won four of his five races in 2012, extending his undefeated streak up to 10 before taking third place at the NCAA Championships … He was named a USTFCCCA All-American for the second-consecutive season … Lalang took first place at the Greater Lousiville Classic with a time of 22:33.57 in the 8K race … He won at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational for the second-straight year with a time of 23:03 in the 8K race … He claimed his second-straight Pac-12 title with an 8K time of 22:49 … He won the West Regional for the second-straight year in 29:02 in the 10K … At the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Lalang took third place, the first time in his cross country career where he did not take first place … He took third place in the 10K with a time of 28:51.8.

2012: Indoors, Lalang continued his remarkable year by setting school records in the mile, 3K and 5K, including the collegiate record in the 5,000 meters … Lalang won the NCAA Championship in the 3K and 5K, clocking a time of 7:46.64 in the 3K and 13:25.11 in the 5K … He added 20 points to the men’s team total, helping them to a school-best finish of third place … At the Razorback Invitational, Lalang clocked a personal-best time of 3:55.09 in the mile, a school record and ranks as the No. 4 collegiate mile all-time … At the MPSF Championships, Lalang’s personal-best time of 7:44.48 in the 3,000-meter race was good for first place and a school record in the event … Lalang set the collegiate record in the 5,000-meter race at the Millrose Games, clocking a personal-best time of 13:08.28 … Outdoors, Lalang ran the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters, earning All-America status in both events … At the Payton Jordan Invitational, Lalang clocked a personal-best time of 3:36.77 in the 1,500 meters, good for fourth place in the race and the school record … His personal-best time in the 5K came at the Mt. SAC Relays where he earned a second-place finish with a time of 13:18.88 … That mark is the second-best time in UA history … At the NCAA Championships, Lalang clocked a time 13:42.20 in the 5,000-meter race, good for third place and first-team All-America accolades … In the 1,500-meter race at the NCAA Championships, Lalang took 11th place with a time of 3:46.82, good for second-team All-America honors.


2011 (XC): Prior to the 2011 season, Lalang had no cross country experience, however, Lalang managed to post one of the best individual seasons in collegiate history … Lalang went undefeated in six races on the year and his average margin of victory was 22.5 seconds … At the NCAA Championships, Lalang took the lead after 4K and essentially ran the rest of the race by himself, winning with a 10K time 28:44.1, missing the course record by only three seconds … He was UA’s first NCAA Champion since Martin Keino in 1994, the third champion overall … Lalang won the Roy Griak and Wisconsin adidas Invitationals, setting course records at both … He clocked an 8K time of 23:15.5 at the Roy Griak Invitational and 23:10.8 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational … Lalang won the Pac-12 Championship as well, running the 8,000-meter race in 22:37, a course record.


2011: Arrived at Arizona with no competitive running experience whatsoever … In his very first collegiate race, Lalang finished second in the 3,000-meter run indoors in a time of 7:55.05 to set one of the top times in the country … In his second career race, Lalang ran a sub-four-minute mile in 3:59.13 to also set one of the top marks in the country … Outdoors, Lalang took second place at the Pac-10 Championships, running his season-best time of 3:42.15 … He won his first Pac-10 Championship title in the 5,000 meters, running 13:47.29 … He won the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA West Preliminaries, running his best time of year, 13:30.64 … At the NCAA Championships, Lalang took second, posting a time of 13:31.69.

HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Emining High School … He holds the school record in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.

PERSONAL: Born in Eldoret, Kenya, he is the son of Harun and Mary Tanui … Brother of Boaz Lalang, the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships runner-up at 800 meters and the gold medal winner in the event at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi the same season … He is one of seven children … Majoring in pre-physiology.