Rhonex Kipruto proved his worth that winning the national cross country title was not easy as he romped into victory at the Rift Valley Secondary School Sports Association term 2A Games held at Kipchoge Keino stadium on Tuesday.
Running for Kimwogo secondary school in Elgeyo Marakwet county, Kipruto outsprinted his rivals to emerge victorious in 10,000m race held in the early morning.
The reigning national cross country champion paced to victory in 28:59.50 ahead of national champions to be staged in Mombasa in a fortnight’s time.
He said the victory and good time did not just come easily but had to train for the championships ahead of World Under 18 championships to be staged in Nairobi.
“I’m happy to have won today but my main focus is to win in the Nationals and defend my title. I knew competition will be stiff and I had to put my best in the race,” said Kipruto who is a form four student.
“I will be using this event to prepare myself for the World U18 event that will be in Nairobi in July and I want to do better,” said the athlete.
Duncan Kiprotich from Chebang’ang Day Secondary School in Bomet County came in second after clocking 29:17.90 while Solomon Boit from Nandi County was third when he ran 29:35.50.
Kiprotich also said that he was eyeing to be in the World U18 championships in July but he will be participating in 3,000m.
“The race was tough and I’m using it as part of my training. I want to be in the team for World U18 and I will be running in 3,000m which I hope I will do will and get a medal,” he said.