05 FEB 2011 General News Nairobi, Kenya

Mwangi and Lisoreng take Police XC titles

Mukundi Mwangi (right) on his way to winning Kenyan Police Administrative XC Champs title (Stafford Ondego, The Standard)Mukundi Mwangi (right) on his way to winning Kenyan Police Administrative XC Champs title (Stafford Ondego, The Standard) © Copyright

Saturday was one of the main cross country competition days of the year in Kenya as most provinces as well as the Administration Police (AP) hold their selection events (5) for the IAAF Permit/KCB National Cross Country Championships (19 Feb).

The drawn out journey to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Punta Umbria, Spain (20 March) entered the final sprint with thrills, spills, upsets and notable comebacks being served-up across all Athletics Kenya branches namely; Nairobi, Southern, Western, Eastern, Coast, Central, North Rift, South Rift, far-flung North Eastern and Nyanza North who held their championships. Nyanza South staged theirs on Friday.
 
Administration Police
 
Fukuoka 2006 World Cross eighth finisher (junior) and fresh recruit, Pamela Lisoreng, romped to a clinical 26:57.37 victory in the senior women’s 8km run.

“I would be so happy if I became the first Administration Police athlete to compete at the World Cross. I had pledged to run for them last year but could not and this time, I fulfilled the promise,” said Lisoreng who hails from Pokot, the same region as revered distance running legend Tegla Loroupe.

“It would be a dream to turn out like her. Loroupe set the bar so high but she remains a great inspiration,” commented the athlete who was third at the fifth KCB/AK weekend meet in Kisii (4 December).

Ogla Kimaiyo (27:01.80) and Eunis Kales (27:16.93) followed in her slipstream to share the podium.

The men’s 12km witnessed a cagey showdown which was finally clinched by a turn of pace 300m from the finish from Mukundi Mwangi, who sealed top honours in 35:59.54.

Nyahururu born Mwangi, 23, edged a five-way tussle for the win that saw Peter Kirui (35:40.46), Henry Chirchir (35:41.39), Kipkoech Cherono (35:51.17) and Barnabas Sigei (36:11.80) finishing in that order in his wake.
 
PROVINCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Nairobi
 
Rita Jeptoo, the 2006 Boston Marathon champion, returned to competitive action in the senior women race after taking maternity leave. Tiberius Marathon winner, Emily Samoei’s breakaway in the last 2km denied Jeptoo the win with the former coming home in 29:05.5 against 29:21.6.

Bydgoszcz junior women bronze medallist, Esther Chemutai, led five of her Riruta Satellite Secondary school team mates across the line in the junior women 6km race in 22:00.2 as Nelson Kogei ruled the roost in the junior men 8km. Lewis Nyariki won the senior men’s 12km event in 37:38.8.
 
North Rift
 
One of Kenya’s richest talent catchment areas saw the men’s long race conclude in an intense battle for top honours between Bydgoszcz ninth finisher, Hosea Mwok Macharinyang and Qatar’s Issa Ismael Rashid (born Daniel Kemboi).
Macharinyang, the 2006 World Cross junior gold winner finally prevailed in 34:53.4 against Rashid’s 35:02.7 as 1997 Commonwealth 1500m champion, Laban Rotich (35:16.3) closed out the podium.

Fridah Demongole (26:37.8) won the women’s long race. Abraham Bartum (22:54.8) and Gladys Chesire (20:17.2) topped the competition in the men 8km and women 6km junior races.
 
Western
 
Bydgoszcz and Amman World Cross campaigner, Nelly Chebet made a winning return to action when she raced 18:32.3 for victory in the junior women 6km. Abraham Cheroben (22:56.8) sealed a runaway victory in the men 8km equivalent.

Fidelis Chebet (28:10.4) and Robert Ndiwa (36:22.3) were the toast of the women’s and men’s senior races.
 
Central
 
Gideon Ngatuny, who placed fourth at the 2007 World Cross in Mombasa and seventh a year later in Edinburgh was upstaged by winner Ezekiel Mathai (35:30.9) and runner-up Geoffrey Gikuni (35:31.2) in the men’s 12km race. Ngatuny returned 35:53.5 for third.

Maryann Wangare (27:36.9) carried the day in the women’s long race as Philemon Cheboi (24:15.9) edged out Ngatuny’s younger brother, Emmanuel (24:22.3) in the junior men’s 8km rumble. Zipporah Wanjiru (19:43.9) took top honours in the junior women 6km.
 
Southern
 
World Cross junior titleholder, Caleb Mwangangi was toppled in the men’s long race, trooping home third in 32:58.10. Upstarts Reuben Leimaa (32:27.27) and Cosmas Kyeva (32:41.98) got the measure of the Bydgoszcz champion who has since graduated to senior ranks. In the senior women’s race, Japan based Bydgoszcz World Juniors 2000m Steeplechase champion, Christine Kambua Muyanga was out-kicked by Doris Githaka in the sprint finale with the clock returning 25:22.80 for the victor. Kambua timed 25:48.70 for second.

Patrick Mutunga stamped his favourite tag (21:00.6) in junior men’s encounter, as improving Vaati Ndolo (19:02.53) scored victory in the junior women category.
 
Eastern
 
Osaka 2007 Worlds fifth finisher, Japan based Josphat Muchiri Ndambiri (37:18) placed sixth in the senior men long race where Embu runner and last year’s, Elijah Mwaniki (36:29) trumped the field. Philomena Chepchirchir, also from Embu was the toast of the senior women run in 27:17.

Top seed Fridah Kaimutri’s (21:30) hold on the junior women 6km crown ended at the feet of Doris Mananu (21:16). Silas Muturi (23:00) ensured Embu athletes took all races when he topped the junior 8km run.
 
Coast
 
Kenya Navy runners sunk the opposition in the men’s senior long race at Shimo La Tewa High School grounds. David Makala (36:51.02) led fellow Navy runner Charles Too (36:51.01) across the line. Pauline Kaveke (25:25.06) edged out Navy’s Agnes Kagongo (29:48.06) in the battle for top honours in the women’s 8km run. Nzolo Mutuku (22:00.5) topped the men’s junior for the second year in a row.
 
Nyanza North
 
Yusuf Biwott took the men’s 12km title at Kisumu, completing the course in 36:42 well ahead of Rachuonyo’s Rodgers Gesabua who trooped home in 37:48. Tabitha Chelengat (30: 43) beat Homa Bay teammate Shada Cherotich (31:32) to the line in the senior women 8km showdown. Eva Cherono (21:58) triumphed in the junior women event.
 
Malaria robs world of Yator’s talent

A day of rich action was tempered by sad news that World junior 3000m steeplechase silver medallist Albert Kiptoo Yator passed on at an Eldoret hospital from malarial complications on Saturday morning. Sydney Olympic 1500m gold winner, Noah Ngeny, now a Pace Sports Management representative confirmed, Yator, who raced 8:33.55 (PB) for the silver at last year’s World Juniors in Moncton, Canada was admitted at Eldoret Hospital a week ago complaining of the tropical disease. Yator’s condition worsened yesterday morning and he succumbed. “We have lost a talented runner and our thoughts and prayers are with family,” Ngeny said.
 
Mutwiri Mutuota (The Standard) for IAAF
Additional results provided by Joseph Ngure, Ernest Ndunda and Philip Orwa

CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS ROUND-UP
 
 
Administration Police Champs
 
Women 8km senior
1. Pamela Lisoreng                   26:57.37
2. Ogla Kimaiyo                   27:01.80
3. Eunis Kales                            27:16.93
4. Sheila Chepsang                  28:10.27
5. Beatrice Chepkoech         28:31.71
6. Faridah Chelagat                  29:09.09
 
Men 12km senior
1. Mukundi Mwangi                  35:59.54
2. Peter Kirui                           35:40.46
3. Henry Chirchir                  35:41.39
4. Kipkoech Cherono                  35:51.17
5. Barnabas Sigei                  36:11.80
6. Edwin Kipyego                  36:12.40
 
SOUTHERN
 
Junior women 6km
1. Vaati Ndolo                           19:02.53
2. Nduku Musienya                  19:07.53
3. Mwikali Mutuku                  19:19.13
4. Wamuo Mwangangi         19:26.70
5. Damaris Muthee                  19:30.97
6. Mbithe Nzisa                           19:32.92
 
Junior men 8km
1. Patrick Mutunga                  21:06.00
2. Patrick Muaka                  21:21.22
3. Joshua Maingi                  21:26.92
4. Kitony Nzioka                  21:49.77
5. Tom Mutie                           21:53.53
6. John Muulu                           21:54.37
 
Senior women 8km
1. Doris Githaka                           25:22.80
2. Kambua Muyanga                  25:48.70
3. Rosemary Mbula                  26:05.46
4. Monica Muthoni                  26:47.77
5. Mauya Muasya                  27:44.54
6. Mwende Musyoki                  27:57.91
 
Senior men 12km
1. Reuben Leimaa                  32:27.27
2. Cosmas Kyeva                  32:41.98
3. Caleb Mwangangi                  32:54.10
4. Amos Lemakori                  33:00.36
5. Patrick Nguatu                  33:13.99
6. Kyalo Kyui                           33:19.35
 
CENTRAL
 
Junior women 6km
 
1. Zipporah Wanjiru                   19:43.9
2. Jane Wanja                             20:24.3
3. Josephine Wambui                   20:26.4
4. Virginia Nyambura          20:27.6
5. Miriam Muthoni                  20:32.5
6. Nancy Nzisa                            20:39.9
 
Junior men 8km
1. Philemon Cheboi                   24:15.9
2. Emmanuel Ngatunyi          24:22.3
3. Charles Ndung’u                   24:27.5
4. John Gathaiya                   24:30.4
5. Joseph Macharia                  24:33.1
6. Titus Waruru                            24:39.8
 
Senior women 8km
1. Maryann Wangare                   27:36.9
2. Monica Watetu                   27:40.2
3. Mary Wangare                   27:43.8
4. Esther Wanjiru                   27:50.2
5. Lucy Wambui                   28:13.0
6. Milicent Gathoni                   28:28.8
 
Senior Men 12km
1. Ezekiel Mathai                   35:30.9
2. Geoffrey Gikuni                   35:31.2
3. Gideon Ngatuny                   35:53.5
4. Isaac Arusei                            36:03.1
5. Bernard Muriithi                   36:07.8
6. Geoffrey Ngugi                   36:20.4
 
EASTERN
 
Junior women 6km
1. Doris Mananu                           21:16
2. Fridah Kaimuri                  21:30
3. Elizabeth Njeri                  22:00
4. Pauline Njeru                           22:01
5. Rebecca Mwendwa                  22:10
6. Nancy Kathure                  22:20
 
Junior men 8km
1. Silas Muturi                           23:00
2. Daniel Kinyua                  23:24
3. Alex Mureithi                           23:32
4. Kimathi Githinji                  24:10
5. Boniface Bundi                  24:50
 
Senior women 8km
1. Philomena Chepchirchir         27:17
2. Fraciah Nyambura                  28:16
3. Esther Karimi                           29:05
4. Felista Kariuki                  29:16
5. Hilda Gacheri                           29:28
6. Mercy Kendi                           31:07
 
Senior men 12km
1. Elijah Mwaniki                  36:49
2. Willy Mwangi                  36:58
3. Daniel Mbogo                  37:02
4. Joseph Kariuki                  37:13
5. Julius Karinga                  37:17
6. Joseph Ndambiri                  37:18
 
NAIROBI
 
Junior women 6km
1. Esther Chemutai                  22:00.2
2. Dorcas Chepkemoi                  22:00.6
3. Enis Chepkouru                  22:25.0
4. Sylvia Kiberenge                  22:26.1
5. Miriam Chepkemei                  22:43.8
6. Celestine Kipyanam         23:01.5
 
Junior men 8km
1. Nelson Kogei                           24:44.4
2. Albert Rop                           24:44.7
3. Peter Mulunge                  25:14.3
4. Hillary Maiyo                           25:22.3
5. Andrew Mangata                  25:26.6
6. Peter Rono                           25:29.1
 
Senior women 8km
1. Emily Samoei                           29:05.5
2. Rita Jeptoo                           29:21.6
3. Miriam Musenya                  30:20.7
4. Mary Chepchumba                  30:45.0
5. Jecinta Wambui                  31:38.3
6. Ann Wabera                           31:41.4
 
Senior men 12km
1. Lewis Nyariki                           37:38.8
2. James Kigen                           37:45.0
3. Nathaniel Kosgei                  38:11.2
4. James Mutai                           38:23.2
5. Wesley Ngeno                  38:35.1
6. William Muruambe                  38:50.3
 
NORTH RIFT
 
Junior Women 6km
1. Gladys Chesir                   20:17.2
2. Agnes Chebet                   20:19.5
3. Jepkorir Kipkoech                   20:22.3
4. Chepchirchir Cheruiyot          20:27.4
5. Rosaline Chepkorir          20:30.8
6. Viola Jepchirchir                   20:36.8
Junior Men 8km
1. Abraham Bartum                   22:54.8
2. Geoffrey Kipsang                   22:57.8
3. Philemon Yator                   23:07.4
4. Justine Cheruiyot                   23:14.4
5. Wesley Kosgei                   23:21.8
6. Thomas Yego                   23:24.9
 
Senior Women 8km
1. Frida Domongole                   26:37.8
2. Monica Jepkoech                   26:59.9
3. Hyvin Kiyeng                   27:03.7
4. Georgina Rono                   27:06.5
5. Regina Cherotich                   27:11.2
6. Betty Lembus                   27:18.2
 
Senior Men 12km
1. Hosea Macharinyang          34:53.4
2. Ismael Rashid                   35:02.7
3. Laban Rotich                            35:16.3
4. James Kipketer                   35:20.8
5.Lewis Korir                             35:23.6
6. Nelphat Sirma                   35:30.6
 
WESTERN
 
Junior women 6km
1. Nelly Chebet                            18:32.3
2. Agnes Chemu                   18:38.4
3. Faith Teso                            18:46.2
4. Lina Cheruto                           18:57.7
5. Winny Cherop                   19:29.8
6. Jacinta Chesang                   19:42.4
 
Junior men 8km
1. Abraham Cheroben          22:56.8
2. Erick Ndiema                   23:07.4
3. Linus Maruka                   23:10.6
4. Peter Rotich                            23:18.1
5. Emmanuel Ndiema                   23:20.9
6. Kenneth Kipnangwa          23:26.1
 
Senior Women 8km
1. Fidelis Chebet                   28:10.4
2. Lydia Omukota                   28:32.2
3. Hilda Muneria                   29:18.6
4. Petronila Ayuma                   29:41.9
5. Jessica Cherop                   33:20.4
6. Getrude Shikuku                   33:48.9
 
Senior Men 12km
1. Robert Ndiwa                   36:22.3
2. Stephen Chemtai                   36:26.9
3. Simon Cheptum                   36:34.8
4. Philip Ngeiywa                   37:02.9
5. Moses Kororia                   37:08.4
6. Alexandria Muneria          37:42.2