- Athletics Kenya national cross-countrychampionships takes place at the Uhuru Gardens this weekend. Various World CupUnder 20 camps will be out to test their runners as part of their preparationsfor the global show set for July at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani.
A week ago, the region selected a formidable term ahead of Saturday’s event. 80 percent came from AK/Ministry of Sports sanctioned Torongo training camp in Baringo under veteran youth coach Barnabas Kitilit.
Among the athletes in the team are Africa junior 3000m Champion Emmanuel Kiplagat, Africa 3000m junior bronze medalist Gideon Rono, Shadrack Kipchirchir, Patrick Mossin, Julius Kipkwony and Kipsambu Kamagal.
Kitilit said that all these juniors are being groomed for the world under 20 championships.
“I am putting up a strong team for Africa cross country where I’m hoping to raise at least four boys and four girls in junior races from this camp. We have prepared them well. Through such camps, we will come up with a good team for the World U20.” Said Kitilit.
The junior women’s team encompasses Discovery Cross Country 6km winner Agnes Jebet, Beatrice Kandie, Josephine Wanjiru, Jackline Kangor, Mary Chepkoech and Lydia Cheruiyot.
Edna Jebitok will also feature in the World U20 program. The young girl is expected to stake her claim in grass as she leads the South Rift junior team.
Accompanying her will be Mourine Cherotich and Africa 1500m Champion Fancy Cherono as well as Naomi Chepkorir. All of them are expected to easily make Team to the world show in July.
The North Rift contingent has Bravin Kosgei, Rhonex Kipruto alongside Bernanrd Kipkirui, Shadrack Kiplagat and David Kiboi.
The World under 20 runner, Winnie Kimutai leads junior girls from the region alongside Diana Kipserem, Mercy Cherop, Beatrice Cheburet, Brenda Chepchumba and Caren Chebet.
From Nairobi region, Mercyline Cherono will be on trial alongsideTriza Cherotich, Ann Naasisho and Hilta Chebet. The junior men’s team comprises of Joseph Waweru, Jackson Kasiani, Victor Chepkwony and Harrison Ndirangu.
From Nyanza South, members of the Mogonga training camp will be on their way to Nairobi. These are Judy Michira, Maureen Michira, Duke Momanyi and Simon Bulo.