UTEP track star Anthony Rotich outlasted Arkansas' Stanley Kebenei in the final hurdle of the final lap of the NCAA Men's 3000m steeplechase Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon.
Rotich becomes the first back-to-back NCAA champion in the 3000m steeplechase since 2003, and is the first athlete to win the indoor mile, and outdoor steeplechase championships in the same school year in NCAA history.
Kebenei and Rotich were vituarly step for step in the final lap after Rotich took over the lead with three laps to go after sitting third for most first part of the trot, Kebenei fell over the last hurdle giving Rotich the breakaway win for the back-to-back feat.
Rotich finished with a time of 8:32.21, better than his impressive 8:39.76 he posted in the qualifying heats.
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