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Kirwa Places 81st at NCAA XC Championship

November 17, 2018  Madison, Wis.  RSS
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Azaria Kirwa placed 81st in his final collegiate cross country race. (Photo by Walt Middleton)

Azaria Kirwa placed 81st in his final collegiate cross country race. (Photo by Walt Middleton)

Racing on a snow-covered course, Liberty senior Azaria Kirwa wrapped up his collegiate cross country career with an 81st-place finish in the men's 10K, Saturday at the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.

Top 5 Men's Teams (31 Total Teams):
1) Northern Arizona – 83
2) BYU - 116
3) Portland - 160
4) Colorado - 178
5) Stanford - 201

Men's 10K Individual Results (252 Total Finishers):
1) Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin – 29:08.3
2) Grant Fisher, Stanford – 29:08.8
3) Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 29:09.0
4) Isai Rodriguez, Oklahoma State – 29:10.5
5) Aaron Templeton, Furman – 29:11.9
81) Azaria Kirwa, Liberty – 30:28.6

Race Reactions
• For the second straight year, Kirwa got off to a slow start at the national meet. He was in 194th place at the 2K split before working his way into the top third of the field by the finish line.
• Kirwa recorded the second-best finish ever by an ASUN men's runner at this meet, trailing only a 42nd-place showing by USC Upstate's Gilbert Kemboi in 2012.
• Kirwa gave Liberty a representative at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships for the 14th time in the last 21 years.
• Kirwa closes his cross country career as an All-American (thanks to his 25th-place finish in 2017), the 2018 ASUN Conference champion, a two-time All-Southeast Region competitor and a four-time all-conference performer (three Big South, one ASUN).

Up Next
With the 2018 cross country season complete, Kirwa and the Flames will now turn their attention to the 2019 indoor track & field campaign. The Hokie Invitational will serve as Liberty's season opener, Jan. 18-19 at the newly renovated Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.