It was shaping up to be a close race between Wayland Baptist junior Kennedy Kithuka and Embry-College senior Evan Kirwa, but in the middle laps of the Men’s 5000 Meter Run, Kirwa walked off the track.
In one of the last events of the championships, it is unknown why Kirwa quit the race halfway through. Kithuka went on to win the 5k with a running time of 14:04.72. Kithuka’s teammate, Edwards Taragon came in second, finishing the race with a time of 14:51.61.
This is another victory for Kithuka, who won the men’s 10k race on Friday, lapping all of his competitors. Kithuka lapped all but the top four in the men’s 5k.
Greg Montgomery from College of Idaho came in third, while Abendego Magut from Azusa Pacific took fourth.