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Azaria Kirwa

Class: Senior Position: Height: 6-1 Previous School: Uasin Gishu HS Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya

Cross Country Personal Bests
8K: 23:11.4
Oct. 14, 2017 - Pre-Nationals
Louisville, Ky.

10K: 28:57.0
Nov. 10, 2017 - NCAA Southeast Regional Championship
Earlysville, Va.

Big South Cross Country Championship (8K)
2015 (Spartanburg, S.C.): 5th place, 24:38.40 (All-Big South)
2016 (Swannanoa, N.C.): 4th place, 25:33.89 (All-Big South)
2017 (Lynchburg, Va.): 2nd place, 24:16.3 (All-Big South)

NCAA Southeast Regional Championship (10K)
2015 (Earlysville, Va.): 68th place, 31:19.6
2016 (Earlysville, Va.): 31st place, 30:16.6
2017 (Earlysville, Va.): 3rd place, 28:57.0 (All-Region)

NCAA National Championship (10K)
2017 (Louisville, Ky.): 25th place, 29:46.46 (All-America)

Top Track Times at Liberty
1,500: 4:10.44
Mile: 4:11.87
3K: 8:07.04
5K: 13:55.74
10K: 29:05.57

2018 Outdoor Track & Field (Jr.)
• His lone 5K of the season resulted in a time of 14:19.61 for third place in the Big South final
• For the second straight season, placed 13th in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round 10K, one spot away from qualifying to Eugene
• After missing two and a half months of competition due to injury, returned with a season-best 29:27.40 10K for third place at the Virginia Challenge
• USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll member

2017-18 Indoor Track & Field (Jr.)
• Recorded three straight personal bests before suffering a season-ending injury
• Opened his year with a personal-best 4:11.87 mile clocking (No. 8 all-time at Liberty) at the Liberty Kickoff
• Improved his 3K best to 8:07.04 on a 200-meter flat track at the Camel City Invitational, ranking No. 4 on the Flames' all-time list
• Ran a lifetime-best 13:55.74 5K at the Iowa State Classic. Only NCAA national champions Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal have ever run faster as Flames.

2017 Cross Country (Jr.)
• Earned his first All-America honor with a 25th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, becoming Liberty's first men's cross country All-American since 2010
• Came in third at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships in a 10K time of 28:57.0 which ranks him No. 2 in program history and earned his first all-region medal
• Big South runner-up
• Pre-Nationals fourth-place finisher with an 8K time (23:11.4) which ranks No. 3 in program history
• Named Big South Runner of the Week on Oct. 4, following his Paul Short Run runner-up finish
• Won his first collegiate cross country individual title in the first race ever held at the Liberty Cross Country Course, the Liberty Big South Preview

2017 Outdoor Track & Field (So.)
• Placed 22nd in the NCAA Division I 5K national final, capping off a breakthrough season
• Came in fifth in the 5K at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, becoming the first Flame to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the men's 5K since Sam Chelanga in 2011
• Missed out on the NCAA Division I 10K national final by just one place and 3.38 seconds at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet
• Big South 10K runner-up
• Opened his season with a personal-best 29:05.57 in the Raleigh Relays 10K. That ranks No. 3 in program history, trailing only Sam Chelanga and Josh McDougal.
• Also climbed to No. 5 on Liberty's all-time 5K list, thanks to his 14:00.29 effort at the Virginia Challenge which earned him Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors on April 26
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll member

2016-17 Indoor Track & Field (So.)
• Won both of his 5K races on the year, including the IC4A final (personal-best 14:11.36) and the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational (facility-record 14:29.50)
• Joined Josh McDougal (2007) and Evans Kigen (2010) as the Flames' only IC4A indoor 5K champions in program history
• Placed third in the Big South 3K and sixth in the IC4A 3K (personal-best 8:12.03)
• Opened his season with a personal-best 4:17.10 mile at the Liberty Kickoff

2016 Cross Country (So.)
• Saved the best two races of his sophomore season for the two biggest meets
• Placed fourth at the Big South Championship (second on the team), improving one spot from the 2015 Big South meet
• Finished a career-best 31st at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship (second on the team), lowering his 10K personal best to 30:16.6 in the process and helping the Flames finish ninth as a team

2016 Outdoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Scored points in the Big South 10K (seventh place) and 5K (eighth place) finals
• Won the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational 5K with a season-best time of 14:56.89

2015-16 Indoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Came in third in the Big South 5K final and sixth in the 3K, placing as the top freshman in both races
• Opened his collegiate career with a 5K time of 14:55.21 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup

2015 Cross Country (Fr.)
• Came in fifth overall, including second on the team and second among all freshmen, at the Big South Championship for All-Big South honors
• 11th-fastest freshman at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship, where he finished 68th overall
• Liberty's No. 1 runner at each of his first three collegiate races (UVa Duals, Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational and Pre-Nationals black race)
• UVa Duals runner-up, earning Big South Runner of the Week honors on Sept. 9
• Placed 28th at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational and 10th in the Pre-Nationals black race, leading the Flames to the Pre-Nationals team title
• 8K time of 24:15.1 at Pre-Nationals was the fastest by a Flame in 2015

Prep
• Graduated from Uasin Gishu High School

Personal
• Son of Lazarus Kipkirwa and Ruth Jemutai Enock
• Birthday is Sept. 7
• Nursing major