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Azaria Kirwa

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

Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
1,500 - 3:55.26
Mile - 4:11.87 (Indoor)
3K - 8:07.04 (Indoor)
5K - 13:55.74 (Indoor)
10K - 28:56.84

NCAA Division I All-America Honors (2)
2017 Cross Country - 25th
2019 Outdoor 10K - 8th

IC4A Individual Titles (1)
2017 Indoor 5K

ASUN Individual Titles (4)
2018 Cross Country
2019 Indoor 5K
2019 Outdoor 5K
2019 Outdoor 10K

All-ASUN Honors (4)
2018 Cross Country - 1st
2019 Indoor 5K - 1st
2019 Outdoor 5K - 1st
2019 Outdoor 10K - 1st

All-Big South Honors (7)
2015 Cross Country - 5th
2016 Indoor 5K - 3rd
2016 Cross Country - 4th
2017 Indoor 3K - 3rd
2017 Outdoor 10K - 2nd
2017 Cross Country - 2nd
2018 Outdoor 5K - 3rd

2018 Cross Country (Sr.)
• Returned to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship for the second straight season, finishing 81st
• Earned all-region recognition thanks to his seventh-place showing at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship
• Won the ASUN individual title, earning ASUN Runner of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards
• Earned his fourth career cross country all-conference honor (one ASUN, three Big South), becoming the third Liberty men's runner ever to win four NCAA Division I all-conference awards
• Won his first three races of the season (Virginia Tech Invitational, Iona College Meet of Champions and Queen City Invite), becoming the first Flame since Sam Chelanga (2009-10) to win three races in a row
• USTFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week on Sept. 17, following his Iona College Meet of Champions victory
• Four-time ASUN Men's Runner of the Week (Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3 and Oct. 17)

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

• Graduated from Uasin Gishu High School

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