The Lewis-Clark State College track and cross country teams have completed their 2013 rosters with the addition of Ariel Jensen (North Lakewood, Wash.) to the women’s team and Mark Kogo (Chepterit, Kenya) to the men’s team.
The signings were announced earlier this week by Warriors track and cross country coach Mike Collins.
The total recruiting haul for the two teams is nine additions to the women’s program and 10 for the men.
Jensen, was a two-year letter-winner in cross country and a four-year letter-winner in track for Lakewood High School. She appeared at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships as a freshman and a senior and ran track at districts in all four seasons.
In her senior year of cross country, Jensen was the captain of the squad and earned second team all-league honors following the season.
In track, she set school records in the 400 and 800 meters as a senior.
“We are very excited about Ariel and believe she is going to surprise or even shock some people,” Collins said. “She has been running well this spring and recently went 2:18 for the 800. What most people don’t realize is that she spent a significant amount of time in hospitals over the past few years until a diagnosis was finally made for a blood disorder that had a huge impact on her running performance. She still gets checked routinely, but is now healthy and beginning to run well. We are excited to have her and believe she is going to fit in real well.”
Kogo is the second Kenyan runner in the 2013 recruiting class, joining Elphas Kapkiai, who hails from 40 minutes northwest of Chepterit in the southwestern corner of the African nation.
Kogo graduated from Christ the King High School in 2011 and has been running with the Kenya Students Athletics Program since then. His personal best on an 8K cross country course is 24 minutes, 40 seconds.
On the track, Kogo has run 3:50 in the 1500 meters and 14:30 in the 5000 meters.
“His athletic performances are all very good and should put him in a very good position to help the team excel at the regional and national level,” Collins said.