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Kennedy Kithuka (born June 4, 1989) is a Kenyan cross country and track runner for Texas Tech under head coach Wes Kittley.

Kennedy Kithuka
Personal information
Born (1989-06-04) June 4, 1989 (age 30)
Thika, Kenya
ResidenceLubbock, Texas
SportCross country running, Track and Field
University teamTexas Tech
ClubSketchers performance Elite team
Coached byWes Kittley
Achievements and titles
National finalsNCAA Men's Cross Country Championship (2012)
Updated on 4 / 2016.


High schoolEdit

In 2007, Kennedy Kithuka ran
9:00 3000 metres
4:20 1500 metres
15:10 5000 metres
30:20 10,000 metres


Kithuka won NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships titles for Wayland Baptist University in the 10 km in 29:31.99 and 5 km in 13:56.82. Kithuka also took titles in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships 3 km Steeplechase and 5 km.

Kithuka competed for Wayland Baptist University in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Outdoor Track and Field Championships while winning the 3 km in 8:08.53, was runner-up in the mile in 4:08.89, 4th place in the DMR in 10:03.29.


Kithuka finished the NAIA national men's outdoor track and field championship for Wayland Baptist University with 8th place in the 10 km in 30:29.69, and 3rd place in the 5 km in 14:17.20.[1]

Kithuka's indoor season was highlighted with NAIA National Men's Indoor Track And Field Championship 5th-place finish in the 5 km in 14:30.95 and 10th-place finish in the DMR in 10:13.95.[2]


Kithuka won the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships 10 km in 29:35.85, 5 km in 14:04.72, and finished 2nd in the 1500 m in 3:46.72. He notched a personal record at the Mt SAC Relays in 28:18.97 where he was the runner-up and World Standard time in the 5k in 13:28.61.

Kithuka's indoor season was capped off with NAIA Indoor Championships titles in the 3000 meters in 8:03.63, DMR in 9:51.31, while finishing 5th in the mile in 4:08.23.

In 2012, Kithuka won the individual Big 12 champion, the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship, and was named the National Male Athlete of the Year for cross country.[3]


During the indoor, Kithuka won the Big 12 Conference 3,000 meters (7:53.72) and 5,000 meters (13:41.01) and NCAA Track and Field 5,000 meters championships (13:25.38).

In 2013, Kithuka went undefeated and won the individual Big 12 Conference 8k Championship for a second time and only losing to Edward Cheserek of University of Oregon at the NCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championship.[4][5]


In 2014, Kithuka set personal best in both events:[6]

5000 Metres  13:26.98  Walnut, CA  18 APR 2014
10,000 Metres  27:41.73  Palo Alto, CA  04 MAY 2014

Kithuka would win the Big 12 Conference titles for both the 10k and 5k run. His track record performance during his 5k clinched the team Big 12 Conference title for Texas Tech. Kithuka also lead the 10 km and 5 km at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and earned All-American in both events (8th - 13:34.91[7]) & (4th - 28:46.21[8]). Kennedy plans to finish his degree and remain in Lubbock, Texas training under his coach John Murray.[9]

Coaching in 2014 & 2015Edit

Kennedy Kithuka served as volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech; and guided men to (7th B12 and 14th NCAA Mtn) and women to (9th B12 and 12th NCAA Mtn) in 2014-15 as a 1st year assistant.[10][11]


Kennedy Kithuka is a part of Skechers performance Elite team.[12] Kennedy is in the elite road -race April 3 at Carlsbad 5000[13] where Kithuka placed 12th in 14:12.[14] Kithuka ran 14:26 at Boston Athletic Association 5 km on April 16 in Boston, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ "Kennedy Kithuka Wayland Baptist 2011 track profile". Wayland Baptist University. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Kennedy Kithuka". TFRRS. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  3. ^ "Kithuka Tabbed National Male Athlete of the Year". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ "2013 Big 12 Cross Country Championships". Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Kennedy Kithuka". TFRRS. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  6. ^ "Kennedy Kithuka | Athlete Profile". 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka talks after the end of his NCAA career". YouTube. 2015-04-25. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  10. ^ "2014 Season Performance : Cross-Country" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  11. ^ "2014 Volunteer Cross-Country Coach Profile". Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "Kennedy Kithuka is a part of Skechers". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  13. ^ "2016 CARLSBAD 5000 STARTLIST". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Runner Information - Carlsbad 5000 Elite Men - Apr 03, 2016". Retrieved November 18, 2016.