Rift Valley athletes shine at Rongo races

By Ian Ochieng’

Denis Morenge from Kuria West Sub County sailed into a comfortable 31:58:08 win to take the Migori County Athletics Kenya in the 6km junior men race held at Rongo Primary School on 17th January.

Clement Maurice from Kanyasrega Secondary School emerged second with 33:28:45 while Denis Abuga from Rongo came third with 34:48:47 in the only race dominated by county athletes.

In 12Km Senior Men category Samoei Kipkorir a Migori TTC students dominated the marathon by clocking 34:58:68 ahead of his college mate Solomon Marang’a 36:27:62 while Alfred Owenga from Kamagambo TTC finished third at 37:27:47.

The dominance was also visible in the 8km senior women category where Migori TTC students swept the board clean led by Josephine Wamunyu’s 20:31:69 win followed by Marlin Chelangat 21:21:86 and Carolyne Langa’t at 21:39:89.

The same trend was repeated in the 6km junior women category when Asenath Zablon clocked 23:39:09, Naomi Marang’a came second with 24:28:29 while MaryAnne Maturi came third at 26:19:94.

During the race the county government gave the winners cash token to help boost their morale ahead of regional games which are to be held in Nyamira County in 30th February which will see the representatives also battle it out with Kisii county athletes.

“Migori county has a huge untapped potential in the athletics and the show should have been done from grassroots as we believe we can find talent in Kuria and Nyatike regions,” Hon Thomas Maneno, the former county Education, Culture and Sports executive said.

Maneno said that the organizers didn’t seek support from the county to ensure more athletics are represented.

“In the race we only had athletes from Rongo and colleges which isn’t representative of the county,” he said.