Story by Justin Gaston, Contributing writer
Vallery Korir, sophomore from Iten, Kenya, is a major part of the Racer track and field team.
She is currently the school record holder in the 10,000-meter run, breaking the original record earlier this season and again last weekend in the Virginia Challenge with a time of 34 minutes, 27 seconds, which gives her the second fastest time in the OVC.
Korir also finished third in the indoor OVC Championship this year in the 5,000-meter run.
In 2014, Korir broke the school record in the 5,000-meter run in the indoor season and also finished second at the outdoor OVC Championship in the 5,000-meter run. Korir took some time to answer a few questions about some of the things she is interested in inside and outside of track and field.
Q. When and how did you become a distance runner?
I became a distance runner after graduating from high school, but it became better after joining Murray State track and field.
Q. Your brother is a two- time NCAA champion, how much of an influence has he been for you?
My brother is my role model, I wish to be like him or better.
Q. What has this season been like personally, with the school records and constant improvement?
I feel happy being able to reach this stage, and I plan on being better; also, I still think there is room for more improvement.
Q. What has it been like coming all the way from Iten, Kenya to Murray, Kentucky?
At first, it was really challenging adjusting to the weather and environment, but with the help of my best friend Felizitas Muller, who really helped me as a freshman to cope with life easily ,and also my precious teammates with our caring coach, I have been able to gain the speed and endurance that I have. Also, my thanks goes to everyone who has been helping and encouraging me. Above all, I thank God for his protection and guidance.
Q. What are some hobbies you have besides track?
I love shopping, cooking and listening to music.
Q. Do you have any kind of ritual or routine you go through before you race? If so, what is it?
I visualize myself running good on the field before the race. I also keep a positive mind about the race just to calm me down by believing in ‘All is Well.’ ”