Cross Country Series heads to Kabianga
08 January 2016, 15:14
Nairobi - The Seven Cross-country marathon series heads for the homestretch with
the curtain coming down this Saturday at Kabianga Universty in Sotik in
the South Rift Athletics Kenya Region.
Principal dominant forces Cleophas Ng’etich, Dominic Kiptarus,
Caroline Chepkoech and Sheila Chepkurui underline the start-lists in the senior men and women events in a must-win contest to remain at the helm of the series for the overall crowns.
But the front-runners will have to keep their bags of winning tricks
closer to their heels as they compete against headwinds likely to be
mounted by new forces from Philip Langat and Faith Chepng’etich who have
been sitting on the fence but wish to reaffirm their authority on the
grounds with victories in a repeat of last year during a similar race in
Closer home, the quartet of Sandra Chebet, her sister Emily Chebet,
Alfred Ng’eno and Andrew Lorot will be leaving nothing to chance as they
seek their last victories as juniors before moving up to the senior
ranks later in the season.
The Sotik Meeting will conclude the seven country-wide competition
build-up segments, paving way for the Kenya Defense Forces National
Cross Country Championships on January 15th that will signal the start
of all the conglomerate contests in the country.
As indicated in the Athletics Kenya calendar of events, the Kenya
National Police Service Cross-country challenge will follow on January
16th, Prisons Service on January 23rd and all the other Regions on
The seven-tier pointers have witnessed different individuals emerge
from the training valves to win in different races since the series
begun on November 7th in Nairobi until the last Meeting last Saturday at
Kapsokwony in Mt Elgon.
The bulk of the participants will be expected to come from the
training outlets in the Region such as Kericho, Keringet, Olenguruoni,
Bomet, Kuresoi, Nakuru as well as from institutions like Police Service and the Prisons who have been hosting the event.
Naomi Chebet, who finished second during the 4th Premium
cross-country in Iten, won in Mt Elgon with new entrants Charles
Chemengich beating Nairobi winner Dominic Kiptarus to second place in
the senior men’s 10kilometres.
Sheila Chelangat and Isaac Kipsang dominated the junior races and it
will be curious to see who will carry the day in Sotik if other victors
Cecilia Maria (Kangaru), Ivyn Chepkemoi (Nyahururu) and Sandra Chebet
(Nairobi and Iten) compete in the final leg on Saturday.
Dominic Kiptarus, Cleophas Ng’etich and Emmanuel Kipsang have won in
Nairobi, Embu, Nyahururu and Iten while Caroline Chepkoech, Sheila
Chepkurui and Pauline Korikwiang won the senior women 10kilometres in
Nairobi, Embu and Iten.
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