Khalil Rmidi Kinini recognized as MEAC’s Man of the Year
June 19, 2017

NORFOLK, Virginia — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) awarded one of their most prestigious honors to a Maryland Eastern Shore athlete on Monday, as senior track & field runner Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) was named the MEAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

“I would like to congratulate Khalil Rmidi Kinini,” MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas said. “He's had an absolutely phenomenal career at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, not only as a student-athlete, but academically and in extracurricular activities as well. I wish him continued success and I would like to thank all of the people who had a positive influence on Khalil.”

A senior from Spain’s Costa del Sol, Rmidi Kinini shined all season long for The Shore’s track & field teams, sealing the finishing touches on an exceptional four year collegiate career.

“I am very blessed to receive this award in my senior year.” said Rmidi Kinini. “I have worked very hard to represent myself and my institution well so that I can be an example for future student-athletes. I couldn’t have achieved this without my coach [Ernest Barrett] and all the support system around me.”

It all began during the cross country season, when he led the Hawks to their third consecutive MEAC title with a winning time of 24:27.88, earning a record setting third Most Outstanding Runner award.


 

 

At the Mid-Atlantic Regionals Rmidi Kinini ran a time of 30:54, finishing in fifth and becoming the first Maryland Eastern Shore runner to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana. Facing temperatures under 40 and gale force winds, Rmidi Kinini ran a time of 31:54.8, beating out challengers from Power Five conferences.

The campaign accelerated through the indoor and outdoor seasons. During the indoor season he broke his own record in the mile and helped set a record in the distance medley relay, toppling a mark that had been held by another quarter of Hawks for 14 years. Rmidi Kinini won four individual races and helped in three relay wins during the regular season, leading up to another stellar postseason where he took another MEAC Most Outstanding Runner Award after scoring 32.5 points during the conference championships.

For his outdoor season, Rmidi Kinini won nine more events, including three more wins at MEAC’s for his third Most Outstanding Runner Award of the season, while breaking the school record in the 1500 meter run. However, it was the remainder of the postseason that helped Khalil go out in style. Competing mainly as a steeplechaser, he rolled thru the IC4A Championships with a time of 8:49.25, then broke his own school record with a time of 8:46.62 in the NCAA Preliminaries to become the first Hawk to qualify for NCAA Nationals since 2014.

His collegiate career came to an end with a 24th place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase at nationals, earning an Honorable Mention All-American Award from the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association.

At the end of the year athletic awards on campus — known as The Harry’s — Khalil was bestowed four awards, including the Male Athlete of the Year honor, which he earned for the second straight year.

A marketing major at Maryland Eastern Shore, Rmidi Kinini graduated magna cum laude from the university this past May. He was named to the MEAC All-Academic Team for every cross country, indoor track and outdoor track season from his sophomore year onward. Currently, the senior has been putting his degree to good use as an intern for The M Street Grille, a local restaurant and welcome center partnering with the university.

As he graduates, Rmidi Kinini leaves behind an outstanding legacy, owning seven individual school records plus a relay, winning nine MEAC Most Outstanding Runner Awards, and becoming the first male in school history to win two Male Athlete of the Year awards — all while earning a four year degree as a premier academic student.

“We are very proud of Khalil Rmidi Kinini.” Maryland Eastern Shore Director of Athletics Keith Davidson said. “He represented The Shore with class and is a true example of how to live our core values of scholarship, sportsmanship, and citizenship.”

Rmidi Kinini becomes the second male student-athlete from The Shore to earn this award. Men’s basketball standout Ishaq Pitt was honored in 2015. Four bowlers—Jessica Worley, Kristina Frahm, T’Nia Falbo and Mariana Alvarado—have been prior selections as MEAC Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

The Male Student-Athlete of the Year honor is provided to the student-athlete who has excelled academically and athletically and is in his final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility and competition under MEAC and NCAA regulations for the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated.

Each of the MEAC’s 13-member institutions may nominate one male student-athlete for the honor. The honoree is selected by a committee of five conference Director of Athletics that use a combination of the following criteria in selection of the award: service and leadership, academic achievement, and athletic excellence.

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