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November 19, 2016

The junior cross country rivalry played out during Athletics Kenya Premium race in Nyahururu when World Youth champion Lilian Kasait Rengeruk toppled multiple champ Sandra Chebet Tuwei for the 6Km


In the race held at Nyandarua Technical Institute amidst frosty weather circumstances, Nicholas Chelule took the reign in the junior men 8kilometres as Geoffrey Koech and Jackline Jepkosgei regained their winning feet by taking the senior titles with ease.


Kasait, who was placed second to Sandra during the Ndalat Gaa Assembly and in the first Meeting in Nairobi two weeks ago, out-smarted her foe after towing with apprehension for 4kilometres on the grassy but flat 2Km loop course with hundreds of athletes in attendance.


The West Pokot-born athlete, also a silver medalist in the World junior cross-country championship, timed 19:38. 3 while Sandra, also the winner of Ndalat Gaa Kids cross-country this year, clocked 19:44.3 with Ednah Cheptoo, 4th in Nairobi, managing 19:49.2 for third placing.


Geoffrey Koech scaled two steps from his third placing in Trans Mara to win the senior men’s 10Km in 29:09.8 where Nicholas Chelule, 4th in Nairobi, took the straddles in the junior men competitions in 23:26.3 while Daniel Kipchumba maintained his Nairobi second position in 23:29.0. He was fourth in Kilgoris the previous weekend.


The senior women label was claimed by Jackline Chepkosgei in 33:20.4 while constant Beatrice Mutai, a marathoner with cross-country mastery, arrived second in 33:36.5 with 5,000metres Africa Queen Sheila Chepkurui getting Bronze in 33:49.2 during the occasion attended by Athletics Kenya senior vice president Paul Mutwii, AK Hon Treasury David Miano and local politicians.


The federations cross country rallies will take a break this week but resumes on December 3rd with the second Premium and 4th weekend Meeting in St Patrick’s Iten, the Home of Athletics in the North Rift region.


Local athletes are on the build-up to the 42nd International Association of Athletics Federations World Cross Country championship that will be held in Kampala, Uganda, in March next year.


Prize Winners;

Junior Women 6Km


1. Lilian Kasait 19:38.3

 2. Sadra Chebet 19:44.3

 3. Ednah Cheptoo 19:49.2

 4. Caren Chebet 20:13.6

 5. Emily Chebet 20:14.6

 6. Sharon Cherotich 20:18.0


Junior Men 8Km


1. Nicholas Chelule 23:26.3

 2. Daniel Kipchumba 23:29.0

 3. Vincent Ng’etich 23:30.5

 4. Kibiwott Kandie 23:36.2

 5. Dennis Kemboi 23:39.7

 6. Vincent Raimoi 23:41.3


Senior Women 10Km


1. Jackline Chepkosgei 33:20.4

 2. Beatrice Mutai 33:36.5

 3. Sheila Chepkurui 33:49.2

 4. Veronica Nyaruai 34:07.7

 5. Nelly Cheptoo 34:15.1

 6. Beatrice Chepkoech 34:25.5


Senior Men 10Km


1. Geoffrey Koech 29:09.8

 2. Vincent Rono 29:14.2

 3. Franklin Ng’elel 29:15.0

 4. Philip Langat 29:16.3

 5. Nicholas Kosbei 29:20.3

 6. Peter Ndirangu 29:20.9


Medley Relay (8KM)


1. Balaam 25:20.77

 2. General Service Unit 26:07.20

 3. Laikipia 26:56.65.


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