World Youth sensation Sandra Chebet confirmed her cross-country preeminence after chalking her 4th straight victory during the last Athletics Kenya Cross Country Meeting at Kabianga University grounds on Saturday.
The Sotik Meeting also brought in new comers Damaris Asiba and Vincent Rono who discovered the victorious formulae after winning the senior categories during the last leg that was held in South Rift of Athletics Kenya affiliates.
Chebet converted the morning opening event into the Chebet’s affair after marshaling her sibling Emily Chebet into the strata, taking the pride of finishing the 1-3 salute for the family with quality 19:06.6 and 19:30.8 with Micot Chepkirui intruding between in 19:20.0 in second place.
“I am enjoying my shape this season. I feel strong after every competitions and I have now to focus on Africa championships in March,” said the World Youth Steeplechase Silver medalist.
Sandra has remained dominant in the series, winning every event she started in and ending the seven legs with four winnings in the junior women six kilometres after first finishes in Nairobi, Iten, Machakos and Sotik. Emily finished second in Iten during the 4th round.
Nevertheless, there were new faces at Meeting in the senior and junior men’s classes as little known Vincent Rono, Damaris Areba and Ronald Kiprotich were crowned champions in the 10 for both men and women and 8 kilometres for the junior men.
Areba, who is based in Kisii, won her first meeting out of the seven, completing the 10km senior women in 34:07.4 after event favourites and series commanders and Caroline Chepkoech and Sheila Chepkurui missed the meeting.
The winner led a host of runners among them the 2015 World Cross-Country 6th placed Gladys Koech and Joyce Jepkosgey. Jepkosgey finish second in 34:12:7 before Koech completing the podium in 34:28:5. Naomi Chebet, the Mt Elgon winner, finished 5th.
“This is the first win in the meetings but my aim is to reach Africa cross country championships in Cameroon. To achieve my goal, I have to do better preparations,” said Areba.
Vincent Rono, another first time winner was pleased with the course and had to make use of it to ensure that he win his maiden race during the last meeting.
Rono crossed the finish line in the10km race in 28:45:2 as another newcomer Peter Kipkemei returned second in 28:48:3 with Leonard Mutai sealing the podium 3rd in 28:51.4.
Ronald Kiprotich clinched victory in junior men 8km race in style, hitting the tape in 22:45.0 with closest challenger Wesley Letama finishing second in 22:50:0 before Elija Kositany completing the top the best three in 23:07.3.
The seven Athletics Kenya Cross-country build-up series were held in Nairobi, Embu, Nyahururu, Iten, Machakos, Mt Elgon and Sotik.
10Km Senior Women-
1. Damaris Areba-34:07:4
2. Joyce Jepkosgey-34:12:7
3. Gladys Koech-34:28:5
4. Helen Cherono-34:37:5
5. Naomi Chebet-35:30:5
10Km Senior Men
1. Vincent Rono-28:45:2
2. Peter Kipkemei-28:48:2
3. Leonard Mutai-28:51:4
4. Fredrick Muranga-28:58:2
5. Peter Kipkemei-29:04:3
8Km Junior Men
1. Ronald Kiprotich-22:45:0
2. Wesley Letama-22:50:01
3. Elijah Kositany-23:07:3
4. Titus Bukusu-23:13:3
5. Dennis Murugi-23:18:6
6Km Junior Women
1. Sandra Chebet-19:06:6
2. Micot Chepkemei-19:20:0
3. Emily Chebet-19:32:8
4. Sheilah Jelang’at-19:36:1
5. Wilfrida Musot-19:37:1
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