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MTSU men's track & field athletes miss opportunity to compete in NCAA Championships due to COVID-19

By Kuamii Gandy

MTN Sports Reporter April 6, 2020

Four members of the MTSU Men's Track & Field team were on their way to the NCAA D1 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 12. Kigen Chemadi and Jacob Choge were scheduled to compete in the men's 5000m event. The duo was also scheduled to join Brian Rono and Jaquez Torian in the men's distance relay event.

COVID-19 prevented that from happening. That same day, the NCAA canceled the rest of the season for all sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Me and coach (Ray) Bonner were in a car on our way there when we got a call telling us it was best to head back,” said MTSU head coach, Dean Hayes.

The NCAA voted to grant an extra year of eligibility to spring athletics on March 30. One senior that Hayes wants to return is Chemadi, who was ranked 9th in the men's 5000m.

“That’s someone I’d like to have back, oh yeah,” he laughed.

The men's team has four seniors on the team: Chemadi, Choge, Nathan Mack, and Thobile Mosito. None of the seniors have publicly stated their intentions to return next season.

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