Amon Kemboi - Cross Country - Arkansas Razorbacks

Amon Kemboi

Sr. | 5-11 | Kapsabet, Kenya | Kabote Adventist Secondary/Campbell

Career Highlights

  • First-team All-America | Cross Country (1), Indoor (1), Outdoor (1)
  • 2021 SEC Outdoor 5,000m Champion
  • 2021 SEC Outdoor Bronze | 1,500m
  • 2021 SEC Indoor Silver | Mile
  • 2021 SEC Indoor Bronze | 3,000m

Senior (2020-21)
Outdoor: Set career best of 13:35.22 as runner-up in Invitational 5,000m at Hayward Premiere in Eugene to start outdoor campaign … Won SEC 5,000m title with time of 13:52.98, bronze medalist in 1,500m with a season best 3:40.41 … Finished 10th overall in 5,000m at NCAA West Preliminary round, 21st (13:46.44) in NCAA Championships.

Indoor: Earned first-team All-America in placing fourth at NCAA Indoor in 3,000m with season best 7:50.54, which ranks No. 8 on Arkansas all-time list … SEC silver medalist in mile (3:58.56) and bronze medalist in 3,000m (8:04.63) … Established career best of 3:58.26 to win mile at Wooo Pig Classic … Won Arkansas Qualifier 3k in 7:52.70, claimed Tyson Invitational 5k in 13:38.95, moving to No. 4 on UA all-time list … Placed 13th in 5,000m at NCAA Indoor (13:50.10) … Also, set PR in 1,000m with a 2:23.49 to win Arkansas Invitational … Anchored distance medley relay to runner-up finish in Tyson Invitational with a 3:52.55 split as Razorbacks posted a time of 3:34.61 to qualify for NCAA Indoor.

Cross Country: Led Razorbacks to a fourth-place podium team finish in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing 11th (30:14.2) to earn All-America honor … Contested the meet two days after the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he placed fourth in the 3,000m and ran in the 5,000m … Covered 18,000m through those three races … First team All-SEC honor with fifth-place finish in SEC Championships at Baton Rouge, leading the Razorbacks to a team title over two-time defending champion Mississippi … Posted a time of 23:47.3 on the 5 mile course … Part of a 5-6-7-8-9 finish as Arkansas claimed the SEC title with 35 points … In debut race as a Razorback, won the UAB Blazer Classic on Oct. 16 while posting a time of 23:25.5 to claim the race by three tenths of a second … Led Arkansas to team title as Razorbacks scored 29 points and placed seven runners among the top 12 … Earned SEC Runner of Week honor for his victory in Birmingham, his first race since the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Competed at Campbell prior to transfer to Arkansas … Earned three All-America honors in cross country, placing among the top 10 in his last two NCAA Championship races.

Junior (2018-19)
Outdoor – Did not compete due to redshirt … Indoor – Started the season by setting personal records across three separate meets, first in the 5000M with a time of 13:33.64, followed by the mile with a time of 3:59.52, and then the 3000m with a time of 7:44.77 … Earned first-place finishes in the mile (4:04.45), 3000m (8:35.52), 5000m (14:43.97) and the DMR (10.22.25) at the Big South Championships … Placed 13th overall in the 3000m (8:15.25) and sixth in the 5000m (13:47.44) at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships to conclude the season.

Sophomore (2017-18)
Outdoor – Finished fifth in the 5000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 13:56.37 … Set a new conference and Big South Championships meet standard in the 1500m with a clip at 3:39.72… Won both the 1500m and the 5000m at the Big South Championships … Broke his own Campbell record in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays, turning in a clip of 13:37.48; that mark also ranks third all-time in Big South history … Set a new 10,000m personal record (28:55.46) at the Raleigh Relays… Indoor – Secured First-Team All-America honors with an eighth-place finish (14:17.42) in the 5000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships … At the Big South Championships, won all three events he competed in – the mile, 3000m and the 5000m… His mile mark of 4:06.16 set a new personal and program record.

Freshman (2016-17)
Outdoor – Competed in the 5000m at the NCAA East Prelimary Round … Won the 5000m (14:54.61) and placed second in the 1500m (3:47.73) at the Big South Championships …Twice named Big South Athlete of the Week. Indoor – Claimed the Big South mile championship with a time of 4:09.14 … Placed second in the 3000m (8:15.76) and the 5000m (14:30.05) at the Big South Championships … Ran his fastest career 3000m at the Camel City Invitational at 8:02.04…

Brother of Meshack Kipruto … Majoring in math.

Amon Kemboi | Career Stats

Career bests


  • 1,000m | 2:23.49
  • Mile | 3:58.26
  • 3,000m | 7:44.77
  • 5,000m | 13:33.64


  • 800m | 1:49.54
  • 1,500m | 3:39.72
  • 5,000m | 13:35.22
  • 10,000m | 28:55.46