Alex Shippy and Elphas Kapkiai have committed to run men’s cross country and track for Lewis-Clark State College, Warrior head coach Mike Collins announced last week.
The addition of Shippy, a transfer from Idaho State, will bring some much-needed experience to a roster that included two seniors and seven freshmen before his arrival.
Shippy (pictured above), from Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho, also ran for Treasure Valley (Ore.) Community College before making his way to Pocatello.
At Treasure Valley, Shippy competed at the NWAACC championships in both of his seasons with the Chukars. He qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as a freshman and again as a sophomore, where he also ran the 1,500 meters and as part of the 4x400 relay.
At Eagle High School, Shippy helped lead the Mustangs to the state cross country meet for the first time in program history as a sophomore, where they finished fourth. Eagle returned to state in Shippy’s senior season.
In track, Shippy competed at the district championships in three of his four seasons and finished sixth at state as a senior as part of Eagle’s 4x800 relay team.
He also represented Idaho in the Junior Olympics as a high school junior and senior, competing in Kansas and West Virginia.
“I know Alex is excited about running here and should do very well,” Collins said.
Kapkiai comes to Lewis-Clark State from Eldoret, Kenya, in the Great Rift Valley.
At Anin High School, Kapkiai recorded personal-best times of 8 minutes, 17 seconds in the 3000 meters, 14:21 in the 5,000 meters and 30:01 in the 10,000 meters.
His 3K and 5K times would be school records at Lewis-Clark State.
Kapkiai’s sister, Lucy, is the top female distance runner at Middle Tennessee State University, and holds several school records for the Blue Raiders.
“He comes in with some very good times, and he should be in the running for All-America status,” Collins said. “He will help to elevate the level of running around him.”