UAA runner William Ritekwiang dies

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On Feb. 19 UAA’s own student and athlete William Ritewiang passed away.

“We are deeply saddened to report the death of William Ritekwiang. William, a sophomore from Kapenguria, Kenya, was found this morning (Saturday) in his home. All of the Seawolf Nation sends our thoughts and our prayer to his family, friends, teammates and coaches,” UAA Athletic Director Dr. Steve Cobb said in his statement regarding the death of Ritewiang.

Ritewiang, a sophomore, started his athletic career with the Seawolves in 2010, as a part of the Track & Field team. In 2010 Ritewiang posted UAA’s third best time in steeplechase with a time of 9:43.73 at the UNLV Invite. Ritewiang, a nursing major, finished fifth in the 10,000 meter, and 10th in the 5,000 meter at the GNAC Championships. His best time was received in a time of 1:59.83 in the 800 meter at the UNLV Invite.

“William was an excellent student who made the 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association’s Academic All-America team, and he excelled as an athlete in his time as a track & field and cross country runner at UAA. Last fall he earned all-region honors as the Seawolves captured the West Region team title, and he was the fourth Seawolf across the line at the NCAA Championships, where UAA placed eighth as a team,” Dr.Cobb said.

In the 2010 cross-country season Ritewiang placed his best finish at the Hawaii Invite finishing fifth (15:06).

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our outstanding student-athletes. Counselors have been made available to students and staff. We respectfully request that the privacy of our students and Seawolf athletic employees be respected as we grieve William’s passing,” Dr.Cobb said.