The Nation (Nairobi)

Kenya: Macharia, Muriuki Win Laikipia Races

Nairobi — Simon Macharia of Laikipia High school and Esther Muriuki of Muruku clinched outstanding victories in 10,000m races during the Laikipia West District schools zonal track and field competitions held at Nyahururu stadium yesterday.

The two braved the hot afternoon sun to earn themselves a ticket to the district championships.

Macharia, managed an impressive 33.08 in a race that was paced by a guest long distance runner, Norman Mathathi.

Phillip Kiprugut of Salama took the second position clocking 35.30 while David Macharia of Muruku and Anthony Gitau of Wiyumiririe followed in that order.

In the girls category, Muriuki endured stiff opposition from Elizabeth Njoroge of Wiyumiririe but her finishing kicks propelled her to victory as Njoroge settled to a runner-up. Catherine Mburu of Wiyumiririe became third.

In hundred meters, Collins Njenga from Ziwani Boys scooped the victory as Hilda Omande from Central School won in the girls category. Susan Kaira of Wiyumiririe came in second while Mutara's Esther Maina managed a third position.

Josiah Ndiritu made his Laikipia high school proud by winning in 3000m-steeple chase by clocking 9.52 ahead of Paul Kamau of Munyaka (10.40) and Laban Chomba of Wiyumiririe (10.44).

The day's highlight was in the 5000m walk for girls as the national secondary school champion, Esther Njoki of Igwamiti.

She won despite stiff competition from Caroline Kabitu of Njonjo girls who was the only one who maintained the champions pace up to the end.

Mercy Maina of Mutara won in the high jump by clearing 1.19 metres by beating Trizah Chege, Fountain of Hope School and Ngetich Sharon of Njonjo who managed a second and third positions.

The district championships will be held over weekend at the Nyahururu municipal stadium.

Over 200 students from Nyahururu, Ol-moran and Rumuruti divisions are expected to attend.

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