• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017

SITONIK SHINE AT MAU

February 7, 2015

Cross Country prodigy William Malel Sitonik and Newcomer Caroline Chepkoech braved stiff rivalry and sunny conditions to win the second edition of Mau Egerton University Cross-country senior titles over the weekend.

Fresh, from winning South Rift cross-country Senior crown the previous weekend, Sitonik timed 34:39.4 on the well decorated course at the University with Kipkoech Lagat and Emmanuel Rutto chasing in second and third positions, the duo clocking 34:49.3 and 34:57.6.

“I am enjoying running in my current shape. My target is getting into the national team next Saturday and I believe I will make. I have been motivated by this win,” said the Bomet-based runner who will turn 21this year.

In the senior women 8kilometres, first-timer Caroline Chepkoech,  displayed great potential, breaking away from her close rivals Eunice chebichii and Joyce Chepkemoi after three laps to celebrate the victory in 26:06.8.

Chebichii, who hails from Kapsabet but now running for Bahrain after being lured by the oil-rich gulf state, overtook Chepkemoi during the last one kilometer to keep her usual runner-up in 26:15.4, a position she has claimed in many local competition.

“I was not disappointed by being in this position. It has become almost my trade mark in many competitions in Kenya,” said the runner who finished in similar position during Family Bank, Sasumua Dam and Baringo half-marathons, Safaricom Iten 10Km and Shoe4africa 5kilometres last year.

Chepkemoi completed the podium in 26:25.4 while Ann Mwangi, Emmy Chepkurui and Joan Chepkemoi came fourth, fifth and sixth each timing 26:50.7, 27:03.3 and 27:05.3 respectively.

In the junior line up, international Geoffrey Koech proved his class after winning junior men 8kilometres in style ahead of Amos Kirui and third finisher James Mwangi, who controlled the pace from the gun. The trio returned 22:44.4, 22:51.2 and 22:59.0 for the three leading positions.

Ruth Chebet was the heroine in the six kilometres junior after chalking 19:54.2 and was trailed by Mercy Chemutai (20:01.0), Joyline Cherotich (20:21.7), Janet Chesang (20:27.5), Evaline Koech (20:32.4) and Jackline Cherotich (20:36.0) in that order.

The event, which also saw different institutions, Egerton University Allumini and the College dons taking part to sensitize the community on Mau conservation, marked its second edition this year.

Leading Results:

Senior Men 12Km

1. William Sitonik 34:39.4
2. Kipkoech Lagat 34:49.3
3. Emmanuel Rutto 34:57.6
4. Raymond Komen 35:00.1
5. Isaac Kipkoech 35:07.6
6. Hillary Maiyo 35:09.3

Senior women 8Km

1. Caroline Chepkoech 26:06.8
2. Eunice Chebichii 26:15.4
3. Joyce Chepkemoi 26:25.4
4. Anne Mwangi 26:50.7
5. Emmy Chepkurui 27:03.3
6. Joan Chepkemoi 27:05.3

Junior men 8Km

1. Geoffrey Koech 22:44.4
2. Amos Kirui 22:51.2
3. James Mwangi 22:59.0
4. Hosea Nailel 23:04.9
5. Hunington Kirui 23:09.3
6. Vincent Rutto 23:11.8

Junior women 6km

1. Ruth Chebet 19:54.2
2. Mercy Chemutai 20:01.0
3. Joyline Cherotich 20:21.7
4. Janet Chesang 20:27.5
5. Evaline Koech 20:32.4
6. Jackline Cherotich 20:36.0

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