Sanga wins another OVC Runner of the Week, extends streak to five consecutive

Sanga wins another OVC Runner of the Week, extends streak to five consecutive

By Nate Perry, Sports Information

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – In an event that has become somewhat customary, Purity Sanga claimed her fifth straight installment of the Ohio Valley Conference's Female Runner of the Week, giving her a year-long sweep of the award during Tech cross country's 2018 regular season.

As the only female runner in the OVC to ever win Runner of the Week four times in a row, Sanga's fifth adds an additional layer of excellence to her sensational sophomore season, arguably the best ever assembled by a female runner in league history.

"I'm so proud of Purity," said her coach Wayne Angel. "She has come a long way since her freshman year, and that's a credit to her hard work and dedication over the summer. All the preparation she has done has been paying off in a great way."

This award comes on the heels of Sanga's individual victory at the UAB Blazer Classic, the first of her career in a large-meet setting. Her six-kilometer time of 20-minutes, 28.56-seconds was the second-fastest of the her career, and convincingly paced the rest of the field at the Blazer by 26 seconds.

The victory continued the Kapsabet, Kenya natives's streak of top-three individual finishes in 2018, and was the cornerstone of TTU's ninth-place team result out of 19 programs at UAB.

As she has done throughout the season, Sanga once again went head-to-head with premier competition from the South's powerhouse programs, beating Esther Gitahi of Alabama, and Megan Murray and Katie Thronson of Tennessee, the second, third and fourth-place finishers, respectively.

This is the sixth Runner of the Week honor of Sanga's career, as she recorded one last season for her 17:46.8 5K at the 2017 Mountain Dew Invitational on Sept. 23.