Nov. 23, 2013
TERRA HAUTE, Ind. -- Junior Peter Okwera placed 192nd individually Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Okwera completed the 10K course in 32 minutes, 12.5 seconds, to finish 192nd of 253 runners in the national field.
While the end of the season did not go as planned, Okwera enjoyed a standout junior season at Tennessee. He earned All-SEC and All-Region honors thanks to top-10 finishes at the conference and NCAA South Regional meets. He also collected his first two individual victories at the Belmont Opener and the Greater Louisville Classic.
Last year, Okwera placed 30th at NCAAs to earn All-American honors.
Colorado won the team championship title, and Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek won the individual championship in 29:41.1.
The championship meet officially marks the end of the cross country season for Tennessee.
Blaase nearly joined Okwera in the NCAA championship field. She finished 10th at the regional meet and was two seconds shy of earning one of the individual bids. She also recorded a top-10 finish at the SEC Championships.