GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Senior Noah Kiprono of Rocky Mountain College placed eighth in the marathon on a hot and humid Saturday morning at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
It was his fourth straight top 10 finish in the marathon -- and second consecutive year he earned All-America recognition.
The 26-year-old Kiprono, who is from Kenya, was clocked at 2:40:39.20 for the 26.2 miles. Sophomore Arya Bahreini of Oklahoma City won the event with a time of 2:29:06.80.
It was 76 degrees and 90 percent humidity when the race started at 6 a.m.
"I'm super proud of him for the way he ran and gutted it out," Rocky coach Alan King said of Kiprono's performance under the difficult racing conditions. "It was definitely a battle."
There were just 29 finishers -- and another 18 runners dropped out. The top eight placers received All-America accolades.
Kiprono became dizzy at the 25-mile mark and fell down, but was able to get up and complete the race.
"That was a little bit of a scary moment," King said.
"I would say this was the toughest race I've ever been in," Kiprono said. "I'm really proud of myself. I did all I can. Just being able to finish is an achievement. I know I put out there everything I had."
Kiprono placed third in the marathon last year in Indiana. He was seventh as a freshman and ninth as a sophomore.