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Peter Kosgei '11

Hamilton College's Peter Kosgei ’11 was part of the four-person Class of 2022 that was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.

Kosgei joined University of Wisconsin-Stout's Terry Anders, Moravian University’s Christina Scherwin and University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Marcia Taddy, all of whom were inducted on May 25 prior to the start of the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Peter Kosgei '10
Peter Kosgei ’10 in 2008.

Kosgei is the first Hamilton athlete and the first male NESCAC athlete inducted into the USTFCCCA Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. He was a nine-time national champion, 11-time all-American, four-time USTFCCCA national athlete of the year and three-time regional athlete of the year in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field.

Kosgei won three straight men’s steeplechase titles at the NCAA outdoor championships from 2007 to 2009, as well as back-to-back titles in the 5,000-meter run (2008, 2009). He’s one of two men in NCAA history that have won both events in the same year more than once. He captured the 800-meter run and mile run titles in the 2008 indoor championships, and repeated in the mile the next year. He also collected the cross country national title in 2007.

Hall of Fame Announcement

Read more about each of the inductees and a video announcement by USTFCCCA Director of Media, Broadcasting and Analytics Tom Lewis.

In addition to the five national titles during the 2007-08 cross country and track & field season, Kosgei set the all-time Division III record in the steeplechase at the 2008 Penn Relays. His time of 8:43.78 broke the 22-year-old record of 8:43.93, which was held by Jim Gathje. Nobody in Division III has finished the event in under 8 minutes, 44 seconds since Kosgei’s historic night. 

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