Kennedy Kithuka enters Saturday’s NCAA Championship meet undefeated in seven races this season and unbeaten in 14-straight races dating back to his 2012 NCAA Cross Country debut.
Undefeated Red Raider senior Kennedy Kithuka finished 37 seconds ahead of second place finisher Kirubel Erassa of Oklahoma State, earning his second straight Big 12 Cross Country title.
Red Raider senior Kennedy Kithuka has been named as the Big 12 Runner of the Week, marking the fourth time he has received the honor this season and the seventh time in his career.
Kithuka has received this particular honor from the conference three times this season and six times overall in his career at Texas Tech.
Kithuka was also named the national Athlete of the Week on Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
He was one of two Red Raiders to finish in the top-10, as sophomore Tech runner Marcos Vallejo came in 10th with a season-best time of 25:00.77.
Kithuka, the 2012 Men’s NCAA Cross Country Champion, remains unbeaten during his Texas Tech career as he went undefeated through the 2012 season with seven wins in seven races.
Kithuka won the 2013 NCAA Indoor 5,000-meter championship last weekend, and is now the most decorated men’s distance runner in school history.
The announcement comes following the Red Raiders securing the best finish in school history at the indoor national championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Kithuka has gone unbeaten in five individual races this season while breaking four school records. He currently ranks first nationally in the 5,000-meter run and fourth nationally in the 3,000-meter run.