Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka and Baylor’s Rachel Johnson have earned Big 12 Runner of the Week honors. It is Kithuka’s fourth career Big 12 weekly award and Jonhson’s third.
Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr., Thika, Kenya
Kithuka continued his undefeated cross country career finishing first overall at the Red Raiders’ season opener in Ruidoso, N.M., on Friday. Kithuka led a pack of Tech runners that swept the top-five places crossing the finish line with a time of 19:53.80 in the four mile race. Kithuka finished more than 40 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Marcos Vallejo of Texas Tech.
Rachel Johnson, Baylor, Jr., Plano, Texas
Johnson won the Bear Twilight Invitational for a second straight year on Friday. She led the BU women’s team to a first-place team finish in the season-opening meet. Battling extreme heat, Johnson led the race for the majority of the time on her way to winning by 9.4 seconds.
2013 Big 12 Cross Country Runners of the Week
Sept. 3 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.
Sept. 3 Rachel Johnson, Baylor, Jr.