By: COPPERFIELD LAGAT
All-Africa Games 10,000 champion Alice Aprot and her brother Joseph Ebuya headline the Tuskeys Wareng Cross Country meet in Eldoret’s Huruma Grounds.
Former World Cross Country Champion Ebuya, Emmanuel Bor, Hosea Mwok Macharinyang and Emmanuel Bett will race in the men’s 10km. The race has been reduced from 12km in adherence to the new IAAF rule.
Ebuya, who is an elder brother of Aprot, failed to finish last weekend’s Kass Marathon in his debut over the 42km.
Ebuya and Macharinyang, both born in West Pokot, are Kenyan athletes with a wealth of experience in cross country running.
“It is long since I wore the national colours. I really want to make the Team for Africa Cross next year,” Ebuya said.
Aprot, fresh from winning last weekend’s Kass Marathon 10km race will be seeking early Christmas gifts from the race that offers cash prizes and electronic goods such as fridges, televisions and others.
The 24-year-old runner will also be seeking a slot to next year’s Africa Cross Country Championships that will be held in Yaounde, Cameroon.
World 10,000 metres champion Vivian Cheruiyot competed last year. Organisers say they are trying to see get Cheruiyot run on Sunday.
Aprot, who also hit a double with 5,000 metres gold in Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville said: “After winning Kass 10km, I was glad to note that my preparations for the Africa Championships looked promising. I love the African Cross because it is very competitive. I like competition,” Aprot, born in Baragoi, said.
World Cross Country Champion Agnes Jebet failed to defend her title at the University of Eldoret (Chepkoilel) Cross Country after contracting up flu. She has sufficiently recovered and will line up in the senior race after winning the junior title in 2013.
Irene Cheptai is expected to compete for the first time after failing to finish the women’s 5,000 metres at last August’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Cheptai is a fine cross country prospect who holds Athletics Kenya Iten and Kapsokwony meeting titles from last year.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION