LOUISVILLE (Sporting Alert) — When the gun goes off here today to start the men’s 10K at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, all eyes will be on Texas Tech junior Kennedy Kithuka, who is the favorite to win the individual crown.
Kithuka, the first Texas Tech male runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 2006, has ran undefeated all season and has dominated his rivals by more than a minute on three occasions leading up to these championships.
He’s certainly been the talking point since transferring from Wayland Baptist and head coach Jon Murray believes he’s the best distance runner ever to run for Texas Tech.
“I’ve never had anyone that’s won by such a dominant fashion the entire season,” Murray said.
“He’s the best that’s ever been at Tech.”
Kithuka, who has won two NAIA Cross Country National Championship titles, will look to become Red Raiders’ first ever NCAA Cross Country male national champion and first champion.
The Kenyan will also be seeking to become his school’s first champion for both male and female since Sally Kipyego won the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2008.