Nairobi — Fourteen-year-old Mercy Cherono of Kiptenden Athletics Club stole the show in the six-kilometre junior women's cross-country race sponsored by Kenya Seed Company at Kapkatet in Bureti District on Wednesday.
Cherono, a Standard Seven pupil at the Chelimo Primary School, had earlier won her speciality race at Athletics Kenya's Kisii cross-country meet and was in a class of her own on Wednesday, despite early challenge from Jacklin Bii, team-mate Sammary Cherotich and Sigowet's Caroline Chepkemoi.
She was followed by Jacklin Chebii (21 minutes 03.1 seconds) while Sammary Cherotich was third in 21 minutes 08.0 seconds.
In the 8km senior women's race, Carolyn Chepkorir of Kiptenden won with a time of 29 minutes 13 seconds.
Festus Langat won the 12km senior men's race.
Results. Junior women - 1. Mercy Cherono (Kiptenden) 20:41.1; 2. Jacklin Chebii (Individual) 21:03.1; 3. Sammry Cherotich (Kiptenden) 21;08.0.
Senior women: 1. Carolyne Chepkorir (Kiptenden) 29:13.0; 2. Faith Chemutai (individual) 29:32.7; 3.
Junior men. 1. Kipkorir Bii (individual) 24:34.0; 2. Hillary Langat (Sigowet) 24:46.8; 3. Charles Sigei (Marathon Centre, Kericho) 25:00.5.
Senior men; 1. Festus Langat (individual) 36:53. 1; 2.Hillary Bii (Kimawit) 3:56.6; 3. Barnaba Sigei (Kiptenden) 37:11.5