Simatei continues dominance, wins LIU Post Invitational; fellow Kenyan Jebor finishes 2nd among women

Noah Simatei again finished first.
Noah Simatei again finished first.

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Freshman Noah Simatei continues to run away from his East Coast Conference competition.

Simatei dominated the field at the LIU Post Invitational on Saturday, posting an 8K time of 21:51.16. That comfortably topped runner-up Brian Michaels of Molloy (23:30.68) and the rest of the field.

It marked the second straight week Simatei finished first. He captured the NYIT Invitational last Saturday, including topping Division I competition from Fordham and Seton Hall.

The NYIT men's cross country team finished second of four teams at the LIU Post Invitiational with an average time of 25:29.39. Molloy won the event with an average time of 24:23.19. LIU Post (25:46.85) and Bridgeport (31:09.52) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Individually, Devon Lides finished fifth of 32 runners with an 8K time of 24:46.21. Tyler Mack finished 14th (26:09.08).

The NYIT women finished third of five teams with an average 5K time of 22:31.40. Molloy also won on the women's side, with an average time of 21:03.08.

Monicha Jebor — who, like Simatei, hails from El Doret, Kenya — highlighted NYIT's performances by finishing second in the 34-runner women's field with a time of 19:46.48. LIU Post's Talya Williams won the event at 17:26.85. NYIT's Irene Chepleting finished fifth at 20:31.90.