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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Engineering student wins 5K Race


Derek Kitchen, an Electrical Engineering with Intelligence major here at Liberty University, took first place in the Run for Their Lives 5K footrace last weekend with a time of 17 minutes and 35 seconds.

On Saturday, October 23rd more than 1,700 men, women and children showed up at Heritage High School for the second annual Run for their Lives. Run For Their Lives is a 10K race, 5k run/walk and Youth Run that aims to place the spotlight on sexual slavery in Southeast Asia. Proceeds from the registration fee go to Freedom 4/24, a local ministry of Brentwood Church.

Derek is 21 year old Junior in EE with Intel and a Math minor. He is originally from Greenwood, Delaware and plans on designing and creating weapons for the military after graduation.

When asked what made him want to major in Engineering he replied,

“Engineering attracted my eye for a number of reasons; one being that it is such a broad, exciting field where you can choose to specialize in a variety of areas.  It's also an occupation that is in much demand in our country, particularly what I'm majoring in (Electrical Engineering with Intelligence).  Engineering is a field where you will truly enjoy what you're doing, give you a sense of accomplishing important tasks, and set you up for life full of learning.  Along with all this, it's got a nice paycheck as well.  Why would you not major in Engineering is a better question!”

Among those 1,746 were 264 registered runners of the 10K. In 88th place was our own Engineering Professor Dr. John Vadnal with a time of 52 minutes and 43 seconds.

Congratulations again to Derek, Dr. Vadnal and all who participated!

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