Euegene, OR — Maryland Eastern Shore senior runner Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) finished his collegiate racing career at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Oregon on Wednesday. He placed 24th in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:32.84.
At the outset, the Hawk kept pace with top level competition, running in the middle of the pack during the first half of the race. However, he began to drop back at the midway point and was unable to reestablish his presence with the top of the pack.
It was arguably one of the most challenging races Rmidi Kinini ran in his career. In order to become one of the top 12 qualifiers, he would have had to school record time by more than two seconds.
Although the race ends his season with a disappointment, Rmidi Kinini leaves behind a legacy that has been well documented, which was highlighted by a pair of Maryland Eastern Shore Male Athlete of the Year awards, three MEAC championship, and nine MEAC Most Outstanding Runner awards.
(From Maryland Eastern Shore Sports Information)