In May, Peter Kosgei '10 established himself as the nation's top Division III runner in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Six weeks later he joined an even more elite group, finishing 25th out of more than 10,000 runners in the 30th Annual Utica Boilermaker 15K Road Race, where dozens of the world's best distance runners compete.
Kosgei's time of 48:36 was less than five minutes behind winner and fellow Kenyan Nicholas Kamakya, who finished in 43:51. Kosgei is the first NCAA Division III champion and just the third All-American in Hamilton men's track and field history. He finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA meet as he set school and facility records with a time of 8:55.41 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on May 25. Kosgei also won the steeplechase at the Liberty League, New York State and New England Small College Athletic Conference championships. He broke meet records in the event at the state and league championships. Kosgei captured the 800-meter run title at the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships on May 18. He set school and facility records in the 800 with a time of 1:52.04.
Kosgei is the College's fourth national champion in six years. Maggie Hanson '02 won an NCAA indoor title in the 5,000 meters in 2001. In NCAA swimming and diving events, Cady Kashner '03 captured the 1-meter diving championship in 2003, and Mike Salmon '06 finished first in the 1-and 3-meter springboard in 2006.
Kosgei had lots of Hamilton company at the Boilermaker — at least at the start. More than 40 Hamilton employees, students and alumni participated in the race, which is rated as one of the top 100 races in the United States by Runner's World magazine.