Marbeq Edgar beat 91 runners from NCAA Division III and NAIA schools.
Running against athletes from NCAA Division III schools, Marbeq Edgar (SR/St. Lucia) emerged on top of the 91-runner field to claim the East Texas Baptist University Tiger Invitational Individual title Saturday at Marshall City Arena.
In the final stretch of the eight-kilometer race, Edgar sprinted past two runners to win his second individual title of the season. He won the Braveheart Invitational on September 8. Edgar is the third straight Wiley College athlete to win the ETBU Tiger Invitational. Laban Kandie won the title last season. Leonard Kiprono (SR/Kenya) won the title in 2015.
Though there was one race, there were two scoring systems for NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference schools and NAIA schools. Shevan Parks (SO/Jamaica) had a strong finish at fourth overall and third in the smaller schools division with a time of 27:00.33. He was followed by Kiprono (28:34.19), Rajay Hamilton (SR/Jamaica) (29:48.67), Darion De La Rosa (SR/Trinidad and Tobago) (30:31.33) and Jose Angel Rangel (FR/Donna, Texas) (30:31.96). Rangel competed today after playing in the men's soccer team's game Thursday in San Antonio. Wiley College's top five runners tallied 34 points – which was six points behind Jacksonville Community College at 28.
"We improved our times," Edgar said. "That's really good as we are getting closer to the conference championship."
The Wildcats will return to the course on November 3 for the Red River Athletic Conference championship. They will run at the University of Dallas Invitational on October 14 in Irving, Texas.