Former Kenyan Athlete to be Inducted into Athletics Hall-of-Fame in Iowa

Retired Kenyan athlete Barnaba Korir is to be inducted to Iowa State Athletics Hall-of-Fame.

Korir, who currently serves as Athletics Kenya (AK) director in charge of youth and development, is among six sports personalities who will be inducted to Iowa State Athletics Hall-of-Fame.

The six will be installed at a special ceremony at the Sukup End Zone Club in Ames on Friday and honored at halftime during the Iowa State Cyclones versus Louisiana-Monroe American Football match on Saturday.

While studying at Iowa University between 1985 and 1988, Korir participated in track and cross country races, where he set records that still stand up to date.

He is the six-time Big Eight champion, having won the 10,000m, 5,000m, One Mile, Cross Country, Distance Medley relay and 4 x1,600m during the period.

Korir is also a three-time all-America 5,000m and cross country champion and won three titles during the 1988 Big Eight Indoor Championships where he was declared the most valuable athlete that year.

Korir will be inducted alongside Gina Curtis (1998-2003) in women’s track and field, Jack Fleming (1935-37) men’s basketball, Jason Knutzon (1995-99) golf, Seneca Wallace ( 2001-2002) wrestling, and Don Wengert (1989-92) baseball.

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