Running with Festus Kigen

Festus Kigen

Festus Kigen

Sept. 18, 2007 recently caught up with sophomore Festus Kigen following his first-place showing at the UNT Invite this past weekend.

Kigen, a sophomore from Kenya, won in Denton with a time of 24:41.33. He opened the season placing second at the Baylor Twilight Invite. Following that outing, Kigen was named Gulliver's Travel Road Warrior of the Week. What has coach Winget been like?
Festus Kigen: He is a nice coach. We are all still adjusting to each other and getting to know one another.

GF: What are your goals this season?
FK: My goals are to win conference and finish in one of the top-10 positions at nationals.

GF: What does it feel like to be a part of the TCU cross country/track and field family?
FK: It's really fun being a part of this family. Everything is well taken care of because we have a wonderful coaching staff.

GF: What has it been like to compete for TCU?
FK It's amazing.

GF: What would you like to be remembered for once your TCU career is over?
FK: I would like to be remembered for breaking multiple school records.

GF: Explain a typical week in the life of Festus Kigen?
FK: I run 80 miles per week. My typical day starts at 5:30 a.m. After that I go to practice for two hours before heading to class, which typically starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Then it's off to another practice at 4 p.m., before ending the day in my bed.

GF: What does your training schedule involve?
FK: It involves a lot of things from eating well, to getting enough rest and being mentally ready to work hard.

GF: What has been the hardest thing you have had to adjust to since you came to TCU?
FK: Probably the American food has been the hardest thing I have had to adjust to.

GF: What is or has been the funnest thing that you have done since coming to TCU?
FK: I would have to say driving on the wrong side of the road.



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