Cheseret and Maiyo Earn Cross Country All-Conference Honors
Dec. 5, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's cross country team had two athletes named to the all-conference team, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Thursday. Freshman Robert Cheseret and junior Jonah Maiyo were named to the All Pac-10 first team, while Cheseret also earned Newcomer of the Year accolades.
Cheseret joined the Wildcat cross country and track & field program in January of 2003 and quickly became a vital member to the program's success. Cheseret capped off the 2003 track & field season with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships. His success carried over into the 2003 cross country season, where the Kenya native never finished lower than third place in any meet until the NCAA Championships. Cheseret chalked up two third-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA West Regional. His season ended on a sour note during the NCAA Championships, where he fell after the 5k mark on the course and dropped to a 69th-place individual finish.
Maiyo is in his first year with the Wildcat cross country and track & field program after completing his first two years of eligibility at Central Arizona College. He made an immediate impact on the team and was a consistent No. 2-runner all season long for Arizona. Maiyo, also a Kenyan native, was the Wildcats' top finisher at the NCAA Championships, finishing 59th in the overall individual standings. He also posted a 10th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional and was fifth at the Pac-10 Championships.