Report – Fifth All African Universities Cross Country Championship
The 5th All African Universities Cross Country Championship was organised by the Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) and it has successfully ended in Nairobi, Kenya. FASU has increased its membership to 40 national university sports bodies since it was formed in 1971 by 17 universities in Africa. The cross country championship was held at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Report – Fifth All African Universities Cross Country Championship.
The championship was participated by 16 universities across Africa.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) – host
Maseno University – Kenya
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (Mmust) – Kenya
The Meru University of Science of Technology (Must) – Kenya
University of Eldoret – Kenya
Uganda’s Makerere University – Uganda
University of Ghana (UG) – Ghana
Tshwane University of Technology – South Africa
University of Johannesburg – South Africa
Maseno University – Kenya
Strathmore University – Kenya
Technical University of Kenya – Kenya
Kisii University – Kenya
Daystar University – Kenya
Chuka University – Kenya
Egerton University – Kenya
The female race started around 10: 00 am local time. They covered a distance of 10km and it was a very tough race among athletes from Jomo Kenyatta University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Wanza Diana from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology won the women’s 10km race, while Nicole Van Der Merwe from the University of Johannesburg finished second and Lagat Diana also place third from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.
Wanza Diana said “I feel good and ok, but the race was somehow competitive. Since January I have been training for this event. We were doing online classes so that also gave me a chance to be in a training camp. Am still keeping up with my training”.
“I just gave in my all kept in front and placed second. But in the beginning, I was in the first place. Leading up to the race about 3 or 4 weeks before it we have a couple of circuit games. Am very happy for the second place,” Nicole Van Der Merwe from the University of Johannesburg said.
She also wrote how happy and the heat she felt during the entire race on her Instagram account. Nicole Van Der Merwe wrote “Silver medal at the 5th Cross Country Championships in Kenya. Ended the season on a high and am very grateful for all the opportunities of this year. Now time to rest, refocus, and then we start all over again. That’s the magic of this sports”.
University of Johannesburg’s athlete Chaumeton Maxime won the men’s 10km race, while Geoffrey Chirchir from Egerton University placed second while Emmanuel Ngeno Kipngetich also finished third from the Technical University of Kenya.
Chaumeton Maxime – 30:54.0
Geoffrey Chirchir – 31:33.0
Emmanuel Ngeno Kipngetich – 32:01.0