Reigning World Cross Country champion Emily Chebet and 2013 World Youth 3,000m champion Lillian Kasait have been included in the national team for the World Cross Country Championships.
Chebet, who finished 14th in women’s 8km race in 27:19.2, was given a wild card in the team of seven that has the winner Faith Chepng’etich, Agnes Jebet, Iken Chebet, Alice Aprot and Stacy Ndiwa.
The surprise exclusion is Sheila Chepng’etich, who had won three AK Cross Series events in Nairobi, Iten and Nyahururu. Another surprise exclusion is Sela Jepleting, who clinched the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country Championships.
Senior men’s 12km: Bedan Karoki, Geoffrey Kipsang, Leonard Barsaton, Moses Mukono, Philip Lagat, Joseph Kiptum
Senior women’s 8km: Faith Chepng’etich, Agnes Jebet, Janeth Kisa, Iken Chebet, Alice Aprot, Stacy Ndiwa, Emily Chebet
Junior men’s 8km: Dominic Kiptarus, John Lagat, Alfred Ng’eno, Rodgers Chumo, Geoffrey Korir, Moses Koech
Junior women’s 6km: Rosefline Chepng’etich, Winnie Koima, Daisy Jepkemei, Winfred Mbithe, Joyline Cherotich, Gladys Koech, Lillian Kasait
Team management: David Leting, Ismael Kirui, Rose Jepng’etich (coaches); John Kimetto (team manger) Sammy Kiwanuka (assistant team manager), Dan Muchoki (technical director), Pius Kiplagat, Rogers Kapsios (AK delegates).