Kenyan Runner Feet Amputated

November 23, 2011 by staff 

Kenyan Runner Feet Amputated, The feet of a Kenyan track champion at the University of Alaska Anchorage have been amputated because of frostbite, school officials say.

The surgery was done last Thursday, nearly two weeks after Marko Cheseto was found outside an Anchorage hotel suffering from hypothermia, the Anchorage Daily News Reported. He remains at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Cheseto, 28, vanished Nov. 6 and remained missing for three days, a period that included a snowstorm and temperatures barely above zero. Steve Cobb, the university’s athletic director, said he appeared to have been outdoors the whole time.

The university has recruited a number of Kenyan runners, and Cobb said they have excelled both academically and athletically.

But Cheseto did not participate in track last season after a teammate and close friend, William Ritekwiang, took his own life.

“As some may know, I’ve been going through a lot of personal issues,” Cheseto said in the university statement. “While I am still recovering — both physically and emotionally — I will do my very best to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to my home country, Kenya.”

Cheseto is a six-time NCAA Division II All-American. He was in sixth place in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the national track championships in 2010, the year he completed the half-marathon of the Mayor’s Marathon in Anchorage in a record 1 hour, 7 minutes and 47 seconds.

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