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Kirwa Impresses with 29:05 10K at Raleigh Relays

March 24, 2017  Raleigh, N.C.  RSS
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Azaria Kirwa shattered his previous best with his impressive 29:05.57 clocking at the Raleigh Relays on Friday.

Azaria Kirwa shattered his previous best with his impressive 29:05.57 clocking at the Raleigh Relays on Friday.

Liberty sophomore Azaria Kirwa's sterling 29:05.57 effort in the men's 10K punctuated the Flames' Friday at the Raleigh Relays.

Kirwa entered Friday night's race owning a 10K personal best of 32:52.85. The Eldoret, Kenya native absolutely demolished that mark under the Paul Derr Track lights, becoming the latest in a string of Liberty men's and women's distance runners who have made big 10K breakthroughs at the Raleigh Relays over the years.

Kirwa earned an eighth-place finish in the race and punched his ticket to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet in the process. Only two Liberty runners have ever run faster than 29:05 in the 10K, including national champions Sam Chelanga (NCAA-record 27:08.39) and Josh McDougal (28:27.65).

Kirwa also moved into seventh place on the Big South Conference all-time men's 10K list with Friday's effort. Sneaking in just ahead of him was Campbell freshman Amon Kemboi, who placed sixth in Friday night's race at 28:57.45.

Liberty's other two men's distance runners to race on Friday each competed in the steeplechase. Freshman Stanley Langat came in ninth in 9:18.70 in his collegiate steeplechase debut, while junior Louis Paone's personal-best time of 9:37.79 was good for 17th.

A pair of Lady Flames also ran steeplechase races at Raleigh, including redshirt junior Alyssa Karle (30th place, 11:11.18) and senior Kat Bouton (37th place, 11:51.47).

Returning to the site of her 5K personal best, redshirt junior Jessie Proehl clocked her fastest 5K time since 2015, 18:15.60, in Friday's very first race at 9:45 a.m. She placed 97th overall among the five sections of the women's 5K contested throughout the day.

Competing unattached, Colin Schultz continued the momentum from his strong indoor season. He won his heat of the men's 1,500 with a time of 3:48.99, shaving five and a half seconds off of his previous personal best.

Up Next
After being divided between three different meets this weekend, Liberty's full team will compete as one unit at the VertKlasse Meeting, next Friday and Saturday at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.