Despite hostile weather conditions and challenging terrain, Cleophas Ngetich and Sheila Chepkurui returned with victories in the second Athletics Kenya Weekend cross-country in Embu.
The duo put up spirited campaign to overcome stiff opposition during the event held at Kangaru High School in the Eastern Regional affiliate to keep the series rolling out after the opening race in Nairobi a week ago.
Ng’etich, who trains in Kapsabet, covered the tedious 10kilometres in 30:04.9, beating Stephen Arita of Kenya Defense Forces who came second in 30:10.9 after finishing 7th during the opening at Postal ground the previous weekend.
Bernard Kipkemoi (30:19.7), Peter Wambua (30:22.5), Cornelius Kosgei (30:25.1) and Franklin Ngereri lined the subsequent positions during the event graced by Athletics Kenya Vice Presidents David Okeyo and Paul Mutwi.
In senior women where the participants run the same distant with men, Sheila Chepkurui discovered her winning leg after leading the cast list that including former world junior champion Veronica Nyaruai and adaptable Nancy Nzisa who finished among the top in the first meeting.
Chepkurui, who was ranked 7th in 10kilometres during Laikipia Half marathon in October, clocked 33:47.9 on the wet terrain while Nzisa timed 33:49.2 for second place. Njoki Ndung’u, Veronica Nyaruai and Eunice Kioko returned 33:51.6, 34:02.0 and 34:25.9 respectively.
The junior class titles were claimed by Cyrus Loikong from Nyahururu and CeciliaMaria of Machakos who won their individual races in 24:02.8 and 21:32.8 apart in 8 and 6 kilometres.
Meanwhile, the National federation will deal decisively with coaches who are implicated in matters of sanctioning doping among their athletes.
AK Vice President David Okeyo said the federation will impose bans and seek stiff penalties on coaches, or any person involved in encouraging doping activity in the country.
The Vice President issued the warning during the event in Embu where he also encouraged coaches to sensitize their athletes about doping while urging them to be clean and promote fair competition
Senior Men 10Km
1. Cleophas Ng’etich (Kapsabet) 30:04.09
2. Stephen Arita (Thika) 30:10.09
3. Bernard Kipkemboi (Nakuru) 30:19.7
4. Peter Wambua (Nyahururu) 30:22.5
5. Cornelius Kosgey (Nyahururu) 30:25.1
6. Franklin Ngereri (LAB) 30:26.
Senior Women 10Km
1. Sheila Chepkurui (Thika) 33:47.9
2. Nancy Nzisa (Prisons) 33:49.2
3. Njoki Ndung’u (Nakuru) 33:51.6
4. Veronica Nyaruai (LAB) 34:02.0
5. Eunice Kioko (Prisons) 34:25.9
6. Miriam Muthoni (Prisons) 34:37.0
Junior Men 8Km
1. Cyrus Loikong (Mofae) 24:02.8
2. Nicholas Kosibei (Keringet) 24:03.9
3. Ephraim Mwangi (Embu) 24:09.6
4. Cyrus Keitany (Eldoret) 24:11.4
5. Michael Rono (Iten) 24:19.3
6. Julius Kiprop (LAB) 24:19.3
Junior Women 6Km
1. Cecelia Maira (Machakos) 21:32.8
2. Josephine Musau (Machakos) 21:49.4
3. Veronica Masya (Nyamoarua) 21:56.3
4. Martha Njoroge (Nyamoarua) 22:23.7
5. Faith Wanjiru (Embu) 27:27.3
6. Carol Wambui (Embu) 27:37.7
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