CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2008) - If there is one word to describe Kenneth Rotich's (Nairobi, Kenya) ETSU cross country career thus far, it would be consistent.
On Saturday, the Kenyan sensation kept the rhythm going, as he cruised his way to victory at
Despite battling wet and dangerous conditions, Rotich found a way to persevere and dominate the 89-man field. Rotich, who finished the 8K race in 25:22, had to wait 34 seconds for the second competitor to complete the rugged course.
"Kenneth ran a tremendous race under extremely challenging and difficult ground conditions," commented associate head cross country coach Michelle Byrne. "He started very strong, pulled away from the pack, and came away with a dominating victory."
ETSU also received an outstanding effort from Rotich's cousin, Ben Ronoh (
"Both Ben and Manny ran very well for us today," commented Byrne. "This was the best I have seen Manny race since being apart of our team, and hopefully he can continue to get stronger as the season progresses."
As a team, the Buccaneers were nipped by the host 49ers for the title.
"We are disappointed that we did not get the top spot on the team side; however, I did see a lot of positives today, especially towards the back," added Byrne.
On the women's side, ETSU finished a respectable sixth overall. The 49ers made it a clean sweep as
"With the young group of women we have, I thought our finish was respectable," said Byrne. "Like the men, we need to have our runners in the back to work harder and close the gap."
Newcomer Victoria Jones (
The ETSU cross country team returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 27, when the Buccaneers head down to
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