ATLANTA, Ga. - Liberty's Azaria Kirwa becomes the first ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country student-athlete since 2014 to win four Runner of the Week honors in a single season after his recent performance, announced Wednesday by the league office.
Competing against some of the nation's top runners, Kirwa came away with a 19th-place finish at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals 8K White Race. In a field of 232 runners, Kirwa finished behind the first-place finisher by only 16 seconds with a field consisting of nine nationally-ranked squads. Kirwa and Liberty turn their focus now to the ASUN Men's Cross Country Championship on Oct. 26th in Bronx, N.Y.
ASUN Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Oct. 17th
Azaria Kirwa, Liberty
Senior | Eldoret, Kenya | Nursing
- Fourth Career ASUN Conference Runner of the Week Award; fourth this season
- First ASUN student-athlete with four Runner of the Week awards in same season since 2014
- Competed vs. nine nationally-ranked teams at Wisconsin Pre-Nationals on Saturday
- Placed 19th out of 232 runners on the 8K course
- Posted a time of 24:10; only 16 seconds behind first place, BYU's Rory Linkletter
Other Nominees: Lucas Kiprotich, FGCU; Chase Kennedy, Kennesaw State; Zach Israel, Lipscomb.
2018 Season Award Winners
Sept. 5th - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Carley Lutzow, FGCU
Sept. 12th - Men's: Silas Griffith, Lipscomb & Nick Morken, North Florida Women's: Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb
Sept. 19th - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Noel Palmer, Liberty
Sept. 26th - Men's: Hillary Melly, Stetson Women's: Nora McUmber, Jacksonville
Oct. 3rd - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Noel Palmer, Liberty
Oct. 17th - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Noel Palmer, Liberty & Carley Lutzow, FGCU