James Gathambi clocked 37:24 minutes to win the senior men's race during the Eastern Provincial cross country meeting held at the Meru University College of Science and Technology over the weekend.
James Muriithi of Imenti North came second in 37:28 while Peter Mwololo, also of Imenti North was third after clocking 37:32.Embu trio of Elijah Mwaniki (37:36), Kenneth Kimathi (38:29) and Bernard Mwendia (38: 41) took positions four, five and six respectively.
Pauline Njeru ruled the senior women's race in a time of 28:00, followed by Mary Wangechi from Meru Central in 28:29 with Frashia Nyambura (Embu) taking up the last podium slot in a time of 29.13.
Monicah Muthoni of Embu was fourth after clocking 29.58 while Caroline Makandi of Imenti North made it to the top five in a time of 30:25. Imenti North's Stephen Mung'athia managed a time of 24:23 to win the junior men's race. He was followed closely by Morris Munene of Embu in 24:26 while Ephraim Mwangi, also from Embu, took position three in a time of 24:48. Embu's James Gitonga (24:52), Meru's Silas Kingori (24:57) and Joseph Kimathi (25:17) were in positions four to six respectively.
Miriam Mururi from Meru Central ruled the women's junior 6km race after clocking 21.18. She was followed by Imenti North duo of Nancy Kathure (21.47) and Linet Nkirote (21.55). Mbeere's Ann Kathoni (22.04) and Imenti North duo of Caroline Kawira (22.27) and Cynthia Kendi (22.44) took positions four to six respectively.
Athletics Kenya (AK) Eastern Province chairman Joseph Kinyua was elated with the performance and lauded the runners for coming out in large numbers for the National Bank of Kenya-sponsored event. He said the branch's main aim is to have a representatives in the national cross country team that will take place at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland next month.