WSU Shocker taking the track by storm

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Wichita State University cross country runner Winny Koskei is a force to run up against when she spikes up. The redshirt sophomore got her first taste of running back home in Kericho, Kenya. But the experience was limited.

“Track was not something that was familiar to me,” Koskei says.

As a freshman, the Shocker saw new training and adjustments in her routine. Later that year, Koskei buckled down, and it paid off. 

“I am really proud to be a Shocker, amazing coaches, teammates everything here… I love it,” she says.

“Being a sophomore and achieving what she has already is not a usual occurrence,” says Shocker Cross Country Coach Kirk Hunter. 

Racking up accolades that include athlete of the week, AAC 6K Champion and third in the NCAA Midwest all-region.

Just in her second year with WSU, Koskei finished 35th in the NCCA Cross Country Tournament out of 235 women. She earned All American Cross Country honors and became the third Shocker under Hunter to earn that status. 

This year, the distance runner also earned AAC Athlete of the Year. 

“My goal is just to keep improving each and every time,” she says, “yeah…just keep improving and trying my best, doing my best.”

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