On Saturday, the women's 6,000-meter race will commence at 10 a.m. MST while the men's 10,000-meter race is set to start at 12 p.m.
Three-time NCAA Indoor All-American
Three-time NCAA Outdoor All-American
2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships Runner-Up
2011 NCAA Cross Country All-American
2011 MPSF Championships Runner-Up (5K)
2011 Pac-10 Champion (10K)
2011 Pac-10 Championships Runner-Up (5K)
2012 NCAA Indoor All-American (3K, 5K)
2012 Pac-12 Champion (10K)
2012 Pac-12 Championships Runner-Up (5K)
2012 NCAA Outdoor All-American (5K, 10K)
2012 NCAA Championships Runner-Up (10K)
2012: Indoors, Sambu earned All-America honors in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters ... At the NCAA Championships, Sambu took sixth place in the 3K with a time of 7:53.08 ... In the 5K at the NCAA Championships, Sambu earned a third-place finish for the second-straight year with a time of 13:33.61 ... At the Millrose Games, Sambu clocked the second-fastest time in collegiate history, taking third place in the race with a personal-best time of 13:13.74 ... That time is also the second-best time in UA history, behind teammate Lawi Lalang ... At the Razorback Invitational, Sambu's personal-best time of 7:51.59 in the 3K was good for third place in the competition ... Outdoors, Sambu was named Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week on two separate occasions during the season ... He clocked a personal-best time of 13:31.51 in the 5K at the Stanford Invitational, good for first place ... He earned a runner-up finish in the event at the Pac-12 Championships, posting a time of 13:38.88 ... At the NCAA Championships, Sambu took fifth place with a time of 13:43.76 and earned All-America honors ... Sambu's season-best time of 28:06.16 in the 10K came at the Mt. SAC Relays, good for a first-place finish ... He won the Pac-12 Championship for the second-straight year, clocking a time of 29:20.19 ... At the NCAA Championships, Sambu earned a runner-up finish, posting a time of 28:09.52 ... Every time Sambu ran at the NCAA Championships, indoor or outdoor, he scored points for Arizona and earned All-America honors, he was dubbed Mr. Consistency by associate head coach James Li.
2011 (XC): Redshirted the cross country season.
2011: Sambu took third place at the MPSF Indoor Championships, running 8:00.57 in the 3,000 meters ... In the 5,000-meter run, Sambu took third place at the NCAA Indoor Championships and earned All-America honors ... His time of 13:28.48 is a UA school record ... During the outdoor season, Sambu won his first Pac-10 Championship title, running 28:57.72 in the 10,000 meters ... He also earned a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:47.39 ... At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Sambu ran 28:19.61 and took home third place and another All-America certificate ... His 10K personal best came at the Payton Jordan Invitational, where he ran a UA school-record time of 27:28.64.
2010 (XC): Sambu won the Dave Murray Invitational with a time of 20:08.52 in the 4.25-mile run ... He also won the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, running 8,000 meters in 23:41 ... Sambu finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships, running 23:06.77 in the 8K race ... At NCAA West Regionals, Sambu finished second with a 10K time of 29:57.95 ... At the NCAA Championships, he earned a runner-up finish and All-America honors with a 10K time of 29:26.5.
BEFORE ARIZONA: One of the most prized recruits coming out of junior college, Sambu competed for two years at Rend Lake Community College in Illinois ... Earned All-America honors on multiple occasions at the NJCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships ... In 2009 at the NJCAA Indoor Championships, he ran to All-America finishes in the mile and 3,000 meters while taking the title in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:55.99 ... At the 2009 NJCAA Outdoor Championships, Sambu took home the 5K and 10K national titles, running 14:22.39 and 30:53.32, respectively ... As a sophomore, Sambu again achieved multiple All-America honors at the 2010 NJCAA Indoor Championships, finishing second in the mile and winning both the 3K and 5K titles ... Outdoors, Sambu racked up wins again, defending his 5K and 10K titles.
PERSONAL: Born Stephen Kiptoo Sambu in Eldoret, Kenya ... Majoring in agribusiness economics and management with a minor in business administration.