Position
Middle Distance
Height
5'8
Class
Senior
Hometown
Eldoret, Kenya
Previous School
Virginia Intermont

Event: 800M (IN: 1:48.18; OUT: 1:47.05)

2-time All-American
2-time SEC Champion
3-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
In his one and only season with the Tigers, established himself as arguably the greatest 800-meter runner in the history of the program … Earned two All-America honors and won two SEC titles in the 800 meters in 2008 … Wrapped up his collegiate career ranked No. 2 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list with a top time of 1:48.18 … Also ranked No. 5 on the school’s all-time outdoor list with a personal best of 1:47.05 … Joins Jamaal James as the only Tigers to sweep SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 800 meters in the same season … Was the national runner-up in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Went on to finish fourth in the 800 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2008.

2008
Earned a pair of All-America honors and won two SEC titles in the 800 meters in his only season with the Tigers in 2008 … Made history by becoming LSU’s best finisher in the event at the NCAA Championships during both the indoor and outdoor seasons … Was the national runner-up in the half mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, clocking a time of 1:49.47 in the national final … Followed by finishing fourth in the 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 1:47.34 in the final … Won the first of two conference titles in the 800 meters with a win at the SEC Indoor Championships … Automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with an indoor personal-best time of 1:48.18 in the conference final … Time ranks No. 2 on the school’s all-time indoor performance list … Clocked a new overall personal best of 1:47.05 to win the 800-meter title at the SEC Outdoor meet and move into the No. 5 spot on the school’s all-time outdoor performance list in the event … Marked the second-straight season that an LSU Tiger swept SEC titles in the 800 meters in the same season as Jamaal James accomplished the feat as a freshman in 2007 … Was an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing runner-up in his specialty at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (1:48.10) … Also earned all-conference honors during the indoor season by running the third leg on the Tigers’ 4×400-meter relay team that earned a runner-up finish at the SEC Indoor Championships … The foursome clocked an indoor seasonal-best time of 3:07.79 … Also ran on LSU’s 4×400-meter relay during the outdoor season … Ran the second leg on the foursome that recorded a seasonal-best time of 3:04.76 to finish runner-up at the Texas Relays … Also ran second on the squad that placed 13th in the prelims at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (3:07.11) … His efforts helped lead the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the team standings at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well as second-place finishes at both the SEC Indoor and Outdoor meets.

PRIOR TO LSU
Was coached by Scott Simmons at Virginia Intermont College … Ran on the distance medley relay and 4×800-meter relay teams that set school records in 2007 … Came to LSU with a personal best of 1:47 in the 800 meters.

PERSONAL
Full name is Elkana Chepsiror Kosgei … Born on June 16, 1983 … Parents are Luke and Susan Kosgei … Comes from a large family with 10 brothers and sisters.

 

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