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Moraa leads strong Nyanza team to success as athletics program starts

Mary Moraa Photo/Mohammed Amin/wu18nairobi2017

 Thursday 8th June 2017

MOMBASA (JUNE 8) - Mary Moraa, 17, from Mogonga Mixed School, did not disappoint. The sophomore student at a school hosting the high performance and under 18 training camp, started the National Term 2 A Championships off to a flying start, winning 400m heat, as athletics program started on Thursday.

She won the 400m and hopes to replicate her performance of last year at the regional schools championships in Eldoret where she won a hat-trick -- 100m, 200m and 400m titles.

Athletics events took place at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Ganjoni, after a last-minute decision to move it to Shanzu TTC, was overturned. The gravel-filled surface track had to be worked on for the whole night to make it suitable for running spikes.

George Ogeto Nyakundi, the Nyanza coach, attributed the success of the Nyanza team to training camps in Mogonga, which is being facilitated by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and The Arts through the Local Organising Committee of the IAAF World Under 18 World Championships, and private ones in Keberesi, Keroka, Kiendege and Nyota, although a popular opinion here is that Rift Valley Province could pay a heavy price for their apparent complacence in bringing a second-string side.

Winners (from Nyanza) of the final events were Dolphine Omare in 5,000m (Lucy Mokire was second, both students of Omobera SDA Girls School in Kisii), while Peninah Akoth, a form two student of Osingo Mixed School in Migori, who also trains in Mogonga, won shot putt in 10.42 and was followed by Dorothy Kipngetich from Rift Valley.

Akoth was third during the East African Schools Championships in Eldoret last year.  Dominic Samson Ndigiti from Kiendege School in Nyamira, won the boys’  10km walk here. In 2015, Ndigiti was third in the 10km walk, and qualified for the 2015 World Under 18 Championships in Cali, Colombia, but missed the trip due to absence of birth certificate to enable him obtain a passport.

“This time, I must be in the team. I will work hard for to achieve that goal,” said the 17-year-old.

Edwin Nyambarora, a third form student from Nami Mixed School in Nyamira, finished fourth in the men’s 10km walk and hopes to make the cut for the global championships. He was third in the National Secondary Schools Championships in Embu.

Moraa is setting her eyes on next week’s trials for the World Under 18 championships in Nairobi.

“I am happy to run all the races during the world championships, but if asked to cut down, I would go for 200m and 400m,” said the rising star athlete, who counts on biology as the

Brian Chijana, form two student from Nyota Secondary in Kisii was third in 400m and will have to wait to Friday for the final.

Dolphin Omare, 16, form two student at Omobera SDA Girls in Kisii won the girls’ 5,000m in 16:22.3

In second position was Lucy Mokire, 16, a form one student at Omobera Girls, who timed 16:28.1. Third was Margaret Akidor Kasike of Baari in Nyandarua, who timed 16:55.4.

During the pre-trials in Eldoret two weeks ago, Omare ran 3,000m and was sixth, while Lucy ran 1,500m and was fifth.

Omare will again run 10,000m  on Friday to fight for Kenyan team for world under 18.


BOY’S 3,000m

  1. Michael Kibet Rift Valley  (8:10.6)
  2. Maxon Kipngetich  RV (8:13.1)
  3. Ndiema Dalmas Western (8:20.20)

Girls Shot putt: Peninah Akoth (Nyanza, 10.42), Dorothy Kipngetich (RV 10.19), Praxidies Atieno (Western, 10.10);

Boys Triple Jump: Alex Kipsang (Western 15.02), Vincent Kilel (RV 14.05), Kipkorir Elijah (RV 14.48).