Events: 1,500M (3:42.98), Mile (3:59.85), 3,000M (7:55.49), 5,000M (13:54.40), 10,000M (30:39.31)
2008 SEC Commissioner’s Trophy
2-time SEC Champion
In his one and only season with the Tigers, established himself as one of the premier distance runners to wear the LSU uniform ... Became the first Tiger in program history to sweep conference titles in the mile and 3,000 meters at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships en route to winning the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the meet’s top individual point scorer ... Is the school-record holder in the indoor 3,000 meters with a top time of 7:55.49 ... Broke the four-minute mile at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships with the second-fastest time in school history at 3:59.85 ... Also ranks No. 3 all-time in the outdoor 5,000 meters (13:54.40) and No. 6 all-time in the 1,500 meters (3:42.98) ... Was an NCAA Championships participant in the 3,000 meters indoors and 1,500 meters outdoors during the 2008 season ... Transferred to Oklahoma State following his junior season with the Tigers.
Enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in the distance events in the history of LSU track and field ... Became the first LSU Tiger to sweep conference titles in the mile and 3,000 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships en route to winning the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the meet’s top individual point scorer ... Is the second Tiger to break the four-minute barrier in the mile after clocking a winning time of 3:59.85 at the conference meet ... Time ranks No. 2 in school history ... Won the SEC title in the 3,000 meters with a winning time of 7:57.76 ... Set the school record in the 3,000 meters at 7:55.49 after finishing in third place at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Ran the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing the meet in 14th place with a time of 8:10.67 ... Concentrated on the 1,500 meters during the outdoor season ... Placed 18th in the event at the NCAA Outdoor meet with a time of 3:46.05 in the prelims ... Qualified automatically for the national meet after finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (3:48.31) ... Opened the outdoor season by setting a new personal best of 3:42.98 in taking the title at the Tiger Invitational ... Time ranks No. 6 in school history ... Earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships (3:46.31) ... Added a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor meet with a time of 13:54.40 that ranks No. 3 all-time at LSU.
PRIOR TO LSU
A talented distance runner who came to LSU after a brilliant two-year career at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas ... Was a five-time National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in two seasons with the Texans ... Won a national title in the 5,000 meters at the 2007 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Coffeyville, Kan. ... Also finished runner-up in the 1,500 meters and 10,000 meters at the national meet ... Was instrumental in SPC winning its first outdoor national crown in program history ... Earned a pair of All-America honors at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships in 2006 as he was the national runner-up in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters ... Came to LSU with personal bests of 3:46.58 in the 1,500 meters, 14:24.33 in the 5,000 meters and 30:39.31 in the 10,000 meters.
Full name is John Kipkorir Kosgei ... Born on Dec. 23, 1984 ... Parents are Wilson and Elizabeth Suge ... Comes from a large family with seven brothers and sisters.