Arkansas alum Amon Kemboi joins the pro track club


Arkansas grad Amon Kemboi, who earned six All-America honors as a Razorback, announced that he has joined the professional group coached by UA graduate Alistair Cragg in North Carolina.

Kemboi is among this year’s four post-college signings for Puma Elite Running as he joins Ehab El-Sandali (Iona), Jess Lawson (Stanford) and Allie Schadler (Washington). The group also includes Razorback alum Taylor Werner.

Kemboi, who earned six All-America honors with Arkansas, collected 11 in his collegiate career, including five at Campbell University. With the Razorbacks, Kemboi earned three awards in cross country and three in the indoor season.

As a member of the Arkansas roster that twice earned a podium by finishing fourth in consecutive NCAA cross-country championships, Kemboi has finished eighth (2019), eleventh (Spring 2021), and . in three appearances with the Razorbacks twelfth place (fall 2021).

Indoors, Kemboi broke the Arkansas 5,000m school record with a time of 13:26.44. He broke the previous record of 13:28.93 set by Cragg in 2003. A career best of 7:42.29 in the 3,000m put Kemboi second on the UA all-time list behind the school record of 7:38.59 set by Cragg in 2004.

A silver medalist in the 3000m at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships, Kemboi also finished seventh in the 5000m. During the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships, Kemboi won the 3000m title in a meeting and facility record of 7:47.34 at Texas A&M . He also anchored the distance medley relay to an SEC silver medal performance with a 3:56.78 anchor leg split.

During the 2022 outdoor season, Kemboi improved his career best 10,000m to 28:02.24, finishing second in the Mt. SAC relays. The time put Kemboi second on the UA all-time list, behind Shawn Forrest’s 2009 school record of 27:52.10. At the 5,000m, Kembois ranks 10th on the Razorback all-time list with a time of 13:30.96 .

Kemboi showed his range from the mile to 10,000m, earning a silver medal in the 5,000m and a bronze medal in the 1,500m at the 2022 SEC Outdoor Championships. He qualified for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5K and 10K.

In March 2021, Arkansas hosted the NCAA Indoor Championships and two days later competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which was postponed due to Covid. Kemboi competed in both championship meetings and covered a distance of 18,000m in three races.

In 2021 and 2022, Kemboi was part of two SEC Triple Crowns achieved by the Razorbacks as Arkansas won six consecutive conference titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field during those two seasons. Kemboi won a total of nine SEC medals with the Razorbacks – 2 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes.

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