Race also has Sally Kipyego, World XC champ Agnes Jebet, former World XC champ Emily Chebet, Half WR Holder Florence Kiplagat, Commonwealth champ Joyce Chhepkirui, World Half champ Gladys Cherono and Linet Masai.
At the Kenyan youth trials, Emily ran a world-youth-leading 9:08 in the 3000 and Sandra won the 2000m steeple. Willy Tarbei won the 800 in 1:44.51 over Kipyegon Bett (1:44.55).
Als racing are World champs 5th placer Buze Diriba, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Isabella Ochichi and Burundi's Diane Nukuri-Johnson.
For now she'll focus on improving her Worlds finish from 2013 where she was 4th in the 10,000.
The 3000 titles were taken by (a different) Emily Chebet (9:10) and Davies Kiplangat (7:56).
“I have mastered the conditions and it’s my desire to pay back the country with victory in China."
Can Kenya's Emily Chebet get her 3rd World XC title after only making the Kenyan team when 2 others were injured.
The defending champ was only 14th at the Kenyan Trials.
She was even flown to the Netherlands for special treatment on it. This now means two-time World XC champ Emily Chebet (who didn't qualify at the Kenyan trials) is now on the squad with a chance to defend her title from 2013.
They say it was a combination of allergies, hot weather and an "extremely long wait" in the pre-starting area.
Men's field has World XC champion Japhet Korir, WJ XC champ Geoffrey Kipsang, doper Matthew Kisorio, Augustine Choge, former world champ Joseph Ebuya, 38-year-old Mark Kiptoo and defending national champ Bedan Karoki. The women's field includes two-time world champ Emily Chebet, WJ champ Faith Kipyegon, world medalists Vivian Cheruiyot, Mercy Cherono and Gladys Cherono.
Such is the depth of competition in Kenya that they failed to qualify from their regional meets.
In hot conditions Chebet dropped out and Korir finished outside the top-20 (top 6 qualify for Kenyan XC Champs). Sheila Chepngetich won the women's race over former Boston winner Caroline Kilel and WJ XC champ Faith Kipyegon with Mercy Cherono only 7th. William Sitonik won the men's race as Isiah Koech and Edwin Soi were 6th and 8th. Big names like Chebet and Korir could still be selected as a wildcard spot.
*Bedan Karoki And Ann Wanjiru Win Kenyan Central Region Championships
*Moses Mukono And Lucy Murigi (Wambui) Win Nairobi XC Champs
*More Kenyan Regional XC Recaps Gladys Chesir and Wycliffe Biwott win Elgeyo Marakwet XC Champs.
Medhin beat out Turkey's Euro XC champ Polat Arikan by 2-seconds with Uganda's WJ 10K champ Joshua Cheptegei a close 3rd. 2014 top steepler Jairus Birech and World 10,000 bronze medalist Paul Tanui were 5-6. In the women's race Bahrain's Ethiopian-born Mimi Belete got a surprising win over 2-time World XC champ Emily Chebet and World 5,000 silver medalist Mercy Cherono.