Cleophas Ngetich from Kapsabet won the senior men’s race in the third meet of the Athletics Kenya Cross Country held in Nyahururu on Saturday.
Caroline Chepkoech clinched the senior women’s title after breaking away from a pack of seven athletes who had remained grouped together until the last lap.
Ngetich led from gun to tape in the flat but partly slippery and muddy route to clock 30 minutes and 30 seconds in the 10km race. The win was his second in the seven leg series after his exploits in Kangaru, Embu two weeks ago.
“I enjoyed a good run today although the route was very muddy in some areas. My plan is to make the Kenya team (to World Cross),” the 26-year-old athlete from Kapsabet said.
Ngetich of Prisons sprinted to the front from the start, an act that made spectators who included top AK national officials led by the acting president Jackson Tuwei, think he was just pace setting for others. By half way everybody was convinced that he had the race because he had already opened a 200m gap from second finisher Dominic Kiptarus (30:43) of Sigowet club.
Chepkoech, who also won in Nairobi, clocked 35:01 beating Margaret Cherono (35:18) to second place.
Runners from Bomet dominated the junior women race taking seven of the top ten positions. Ivyn Chepkemoi from Kericho won the 6km event in 20:19.
The junior men 8km race was won by former secondary schools champion Andrew Lorot in 24:19. Lorot had finished second in the first leg in Nairobi.
Junior Women (6km): Ivyn Chepkemoi (Kericho) 20:19 2. Emmaculate Chepkurui 20:24 3. Miriam Cherop 20:26 4. Betty Chepkemoi 20:44 5. Chera Chelagat 20:56 6. Immaculate Anyango 21:03 7. Jackline Cherono 21:14 8. Janet Chepngetich 21:17 9. Jackline Chepkoech 21:18 10. Abigael Chelagat 21:28