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Daily Nation : February 9th 2014
46 | Sport ATHLETICS | The wind was strong but I was determined, says men’s event winner Lang’at, Chepkemoi run away with Mau-Egerton cross titles SUNDAY NATION February 9, 2014 Nakuru floor KCB to stay top of rugby table CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION Strathmore University’s Churchil Ooko (centre) beats Mwamba’s Louis Kisia (left) during their Kenya Cup match at Strathmore University grounds yesterday. Strathmore won 29-0. BY AYUMBA AYODI @ayumbayodi email@example.com Nakuru RFC stayed on top of the Kenya Cup rugby league as they upheld their unbeaten run with Kenya Harlequin, Strathmore and Homeboyz also securing emphatic wins. Nakuru claimed their 10th SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION Athletes battle in the 12 km senior men’s race during the inaugural Mau-Egerton Cross Country Championships held at the Egerton University Njoro Campus yesterday. Philip Langat (2388) won the race. Below: Joyce Chepkemoi paces to the finish line to win the 8km senior women’s event. Egerton University hosts successful inaugural championship as local leaders pledge support BY DAVID MACHARIA @DavidMacharia firstname.lastname@example.org Mau-Egerton Cross Country championships held at Egerton University Njoro campus yesterday. Lang’at overcame stiff competition P to win in 32:21.1. The senior women’s 8km race was however reduced to a two-horse race between Chepkemoi and Emie Chepkirui before the former prevailed in 24:49.6. Chepkirui timed 24:55.0 for silver while Vicoty Chepkemoi was third in 25:13.3. And in an interesting twist, the second finisher in the men’s event disappeared as soon as his time of 32: 33.7 was recorded. Calls by officials at the recording table for him to present himself and give his names and collect his prize went unanswered. Kericho’s Richard Sigei was third 32:36.1. Local universities The event brought together elite athletes as well as runners from local universities. “The wind was too strong in the final stretch but I was determined to win,” Lang’at said. Crowd favourite, paralympian Jonah Chesum, finished seventh in the senior men’s event. The event, sponsored by a number of corporates, including the Nation Media Group, is an initiative of Eger- hilip Lang’at and Joyce Chepkemoi won the senior men and women’s titles of the inaugural ton University to create environmental awareness and conserve River Njoro ecosystem and the Mau Forest. Several chief executives from the sponsors were in attendance. Former minister Francklin Bett, Olympic and World steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi and former Boston marathon winner Wesley Korir, who is also the MP for Cherangany, were also present. Corporate teams took part in a 4km race same as university staff. Children were also in the run. Noble idea Bett, Kemboi and Korir said they would support the event. Athletics coach David Letting said the event was a noble idea. John Kibet Koech, a younger brother of Isaiah ‘Chairman’ Kiplagat, a top middle distance runner, won the 8km junior men’s race in 21:33.1 ahead of Isaac Langat (21:44.0) and Nyahururu’s John Elimlim of (21:56.4). The junior woman 6km race was dominated by Keringet Training Camp runners who took the top five slots. RESULTS Senior men 12km: 1. Philip Lang’at 32:21.1; 2. Name not available 32: 33.7; 3. Richard Sigei 32:36.1; 4. Benard Kipkemoi 32:45.2; 5. Nelson Kosgei 32:55.5; 6. Lewis Nyariki 32: 58.1; 7. Jonah Chesum 33:01.2. Senior Women 8km: 1. Joyce Chepkemoi 24: 49.6; 2. Emie Chepkirui 24:55.0; 3. Vicoty Chepkemoi 25:13.3; 4. Joan Chelimo 25:24.1; 5. Joan Rotich 25: 28.1; 6. Jane Njoki 25:38.5. Junior men 8km: 1. John Koech 21:33.1; 2. Isaac Langat 21:44.0; 3. John Elimlim 21:56.4; 4. Amos Kirui 22: 006; 5. Alfred Ngeno 22:12.2; 6. Joel Mwaura 22:19.8. Junior women 6km: 1. Joyline Chepngeno 19:13.7; 2. Evelyne Chepkoech 19:26.5; 3. Sadra Jebet 19:33.3; 4. Faith Chebet 19: 40.2; 5. Viola Chepngeno 19:44.5; 6. Emmy Chebet 19:53.0. Championship sponsored by corporate bodies led by the Nation Media Group aims at boosting environmental conservation efforts bonus point victory with a 2610 win over Kenya Commercial Bank at the Nakuru Athletics Club to solidify their top position to 54 points. Strathmore taught Mwamba a lesson, beating the black shirts 29-0 in Madaraka. The match was however poorly officiated with both sides complaining over what they considered wrong calls as referee David Ng’etich flashed out four yellow cards and a red card. Quins and Homeboyz were ruthless, crushing hosts Eldoret and Kisumu 122 and 130 in Eldoret and Kisumu respectively. Quins and Homboyz touched down 20 tries apiece. Second spot Nakuru, who are yet to play Strathmore and Mwamba, upheld their clean run in 11 matches to 54 points while KCB upheld the second spot in the league with 43 points despite their loss in Nakuru. However, Strathmore closed in on Quins, who are yet to play Machine and Western Bulls with 42 points to close the top four places for the semi-final play-offs. Homeboyz also stayed fifth but improved their tally to 36 points while Western Bulls gored hosts Mombasa 48-0 at the Mombasa Sports Club to remain sixth with 34 points, ahead of Mwamba 27 points. Nondies are eighth with 25 after their match against Blak Blad failed to kick off when match officials failed to show up. Impala beat Machine 2417 but remained ninth with a tally of 23 points. Four tries In Madaraka, Strathmore drilled down four tries, a penalty and three conversions. Kicker Ken Andola gave Leos the led with a penalty after benefiting from an infringement in their offensive at the middle. Mamba staged an assault reaching Leos 22 area several times but their finishing proved blunt to concede several turnovers. Ron Mudamba then gave a charging Mwamba player a smashing hand-off before going for the try that Andola converted to lead 10-0 at the break. RESULTS Strathmore 26, Mwamba 0; Nakuru 26, KCB 10; Eldoret 0, Quins122; Kisumu 0, Homeboyz 130; Mombasa 0, Western Bulls 48; Machine 17, Impala 24; Blakblad v Nondies (postponed) Over 300 for Loreto gala BY SUNDAY NATION TEAM email@example.com Over 300 students are ex- pected to participate in this year’s Loreto Convent Valley Road Secondary School Valentine’s day swimming gala. The event sponsored by the Australian Education Consultants (AEC) will be held on Friday next week. The tournament will help Loreto to select the swimmers who will represent the school in this year’s national and international competitions. Mahul Shah, a director of AEC, presented a sponsorship cheque of Sh25,000 to Loreto principal Phyllis Akivaga yesterday. Also present during the ceremony were swimming coach Lydia Musei, games captain Stacey Kurra and swimming captain Imrun Kaur Khamu. “Our objective in sponsoring this inter-houses tournament is to encourage young people to take up sports while helping in the search and development of talent,” Mahul said after handing over the cheque. “This swimming gala is also important to the girls as well as AEC because it will be marking the Valentine’s Day.” Musei said the gala will help the school choose the swimmers for the forthcoming events. “It is also one of our biggest annual events which brings together students, teachers and parents,” Musei said. “LCVR prides itself as one of the best schools in the country for producing good swimmers in the country,” she added.
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