May 8, 2013 3:09 PM
FRISCO, Texas - Three-time national champion Shadrack Songok (2006-08) has been selected for the Southland Conference Hall of Honor Class of 2013, the league announced today. Songok has been chosen as the lone member and will be recognized at the Southland Conference Awards Dinner May 21 in Grapevine, Texas.
"It's an awesome honor and Shadrack is an awesome athlete," Islanders Head Coach Shawn Flanagan said. "It's a rare privilege to be able to work with someone that is the best at what they do and for two years Shadrack was the best in the nation. It's a once in a lifetime experience to work with him and he is exactly the person that should be inducted into the hall of honor. When you get on the national stage and perform that well, it brings great honor to not just your school but also to the conference. It's a well deserved honor."
Songok won three NCAA Championships, two outdoor (10,000-meter run in 2007 and 2008) and one indoor (5,000-meter run in 2008) during his time as an Islander, becoming the first national champ in Islanders lore and the only individual in Southland history to claim the title in either event.
He competed twice at the Cross Country National Championships and earned All-America honors, finishing 19th in 2006 and seventh in 2007. The seventh-place finish marked the highest finish by an athlete from the Southland Conference in league history and his All-America honor in 2006, marked the first All-American in Texas A&M - Corpus Christi history.
"Shadrack is probably the greatest student-athlete of the Islanders era at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and we're thrilled to have him recognized by the Southland Conference for his achievements," Islanders athletics director Scott Lazenby said. "This is just the latest in a multitude of ways that he has been an outstanding ambassador for our university and department of athletics. I couldn't think of a better person to be our school's first representative in the Southland Hall of Honor."
The Kapsabet, Kenya, native, broke Southland Conference records in the indoor 5,000-meter run and outdoor 5,000-meter run along with the 10,000-meter run. He currently holds seven school records, three indoor and four outdoor.
In 2007 and 2008, Songok earned All-America honors in the outdoor 10,000-meter run and in 2008 he also earned All-America accolades in the indoor 5,000-meter run. Prior to that in 2006 and 2007, Songok clinched the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships to earn Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year honors. He was also named the 2008 Southland Conference Outdoor Track Student-Athlete of the Year after he won the title in the 3,000-meter run at the Southland Indoor Championships and the 1,500- and 5,000 meter run titles at the Southland Outdoor Championships.
The former Islander became the first Southland Conference runner to repeat as the champion in 26 years and altogether he competed in seven NCAA Championship meets in his time as an Islander. In February, he was inducted into the Islanders Hall of Honor.
Songok received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and has recently completed his master's degree in accounting. Since the fall of 2009, Songok has been an assistant coach for the Islanders Cross Country and Track and Field teams.
The Southland Conference Hall of Honor was established to recognize individuals who have played an instrumental role in the history, growth and development of the conference while inducting its first members in 1999.