ATLANTA, Ga. - For the third time in the 2018 season, Liberty's Azaria Kirwa garnered the ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week accolade, announced Wednesday by the league office.
Kirwa cruised to his third meet victory of the season as he finished 23 seconds ahead of his teammate Felix Kandie at the Queen City Invitational. Kirwa's time of 23:53 helped the Flames to their second meet victory of the season as Liberty claimed the top-four spots in the individual results. The senior runner from Eldoret, Kenya becomes the first Flames runner since Sam Chelanga during the 2009-10 seasons to capture three-straight individual meet titles.
ASUN Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Oct. 3rd
Azaria Kirwa, Liberty
Senior | Eldoret, Kenya | Nursing
- Third Career ASUN Conference Runner of the Week Award; third this season
- Grabbed his third-straight race victory coming at the Queen City Invitational
- First Liberty runner to win three-straight since Sam Chelanga won eight-in-a-row from 2009 to 2010
- Posted time of 23:53; bested his teammate Felix Kandie by 23 seconds
- Guided Flames to second team meet victory of the season
Other Nominees: Lucas Kiprotich, FGCU; Chase Kennedy, Kennesaw State; Nick Morken, North Florida.
2018 Season Award Winners
Sept. 5th - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Carley Lutzow, FGCU
Sept. 12th - Men's: Silas Griffith, Lipscomb & Nick Morken, North Florida Women's: Courtney Brenner, Lipscomb
Sept. 19th - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Noel Palmer, Liberty
Sept. 26th - Men's: Hillary Melly, Stetson Women's: Nora McUmber, Jacksonville
Oct. 3rd - Men's: Azaria Kirwa, Liberty Women's: Noel Palmer, Liberty