After picking all available athletics trophies in Machakos, Uasin Gishu County team promises to tear the tracks as 2018 Kicosca Games drift to Kisii County.
This year’s games go down in Gusii Stadium from August 12-19, thereafter teams seeded to compete in East Africa Games later on this year.
The County’s Sports Officer and athletics coach, David Letting, has a lot of optimism on this year’s team.
“Today, we held the athletics trials and realized great runs and fast times in the event,” said Letting.
The “champions” managed to stage a humiliation on other 30 counties, grabbing several athletics trophies, literally sparing none as Machakos hosted the 2017 edition of the inter-counties games.
Letting furthers, “The trials was a team selection exercise. Some athletes have not run for a while but still managed to do good runs, this offers a big promise even as we embark on serious training.”
At the trials, two and three fastest finishers were selected for sprints and distance running respectively.
Men’s 100 metres competitors posted times of 11.0 and 12.0 seconds, with those doing 800metres clocking between 1:45 and 1:47 minutes.
The distance runners’ times were as 14.6 minutes and 15.5 minutes (5000m men) and 17.0 and 18.5minutes for the ladies. Other times were just on the margin of elite runners’.
For a county that prides itself as the “city of champions” by virtue of being home to 90 percent of Kenya’s world-beating athletes, Uasin Gishu will have to live up to the billing after setting the par in Machakos last year.