Wiley College Cross Country
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Micah Tirop, Cross Country Head Coach
Micah Tirop joined the Wiley College athletics staff in August, 2012, and will serve as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams.
Tirop comes to Marshall, Texas, from Middle Tennessee State University, where he earned his Master of Science degree in sports management in 2012. During his time at MTSU, Tirop served as a graduate assistant coach with the Blue Raiders cross country and track and field teams.
A native of Moi's Bridge, Kenya, Tirop completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Alabama. While attending school in Mobile, he was one of the top distance runners in the South Alabama athletics program, having earned All-Sun Belt Conference accolades 18 times in indoor and outdoor track and cross country.
Tirop was a three-time Sun Belt Conference indoor champion in the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter races, sweeping the two events in 2007, 2008 and 2009. His accomplishments also include back-to-back Sun Belt Conference cross country championships in 2007 and 2008.
Tirop's distance career also included international competition, as he competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.
A versatile runner, Tirop's personal best times include running a mile in 4 minutes, 10 seconds, and a sub-30 minute time in the 10,000-meter run (29:18).
Tirop attended Uasin Gishu High School and Moi University in Kenya before attending South Alabama. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in business in 2010.