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Missing Kenyan runner found alive at Alaska hotel

Posted by Administrator on November 9, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska —         An All-American  cross country runner from the University of Alaska Anchorage who disappeared  over the weekend just as two snowstorms moved into the city was found alive  early Wednesday with severe hypothermia.

Marko Cheseto, 28, disappeared a day after the university cross-country  team’s triumphant return to Anchorage after the NCAA Division II West Region  championships in Spokane, Wash., where the Seawolves won every championship up  for grabs.

He was last seen at the university’s social sciences building shortly after 7  p.m. Sunday, and his roommates reported him missing Monday morning. Authorities  looked for signs of him on every major trail in Anchorage, and divers were  preparing to search lakes around the campus on Wednesday when he walked into a  hotel near campus at about 3:30 a.m.

Cheseto, a long-distance runner from Kenya working toward a nursing  degree, was taken to a hospital, according to the Anchorage Daily News (  http://bit.ly/tLMSpa).

Steve Cobb, UAA’s athletic director, told The Associated Press that Cheseto  was being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center for severe frostbite on  both feet. He said officials were waiting to interview Cheseto to find out what  happened to him. He said he expected Cheseto would remain hospitalized for about  10 days.

Cobb also said he didn’t know if his injuries would prevent him from running  competitively again.

“We are just thankful he was found and getting treatment,” Cobb said.

Cheseto used his final season of cross-country eligibility a year ago, but  had one season of track eligibility left after taking last season off following  the suicide of teammate and fellow Kenyan, William Ritekwiang.

Cheseto was the winner of the West Region the two previous seasons. He made  last week’s trip to Spokane as team manager.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/09/2494265/alaska-runner-missing-for-several.html#ixzz1dG1EV5tu

A photo of Marko Cheseto shotly before he was reported missing.

A photo of Marko Cheseto shotly before he was reported missing.

A Helicopter that took part in the search for Cheseto

A Helicopter that took part in the search for Cheseto

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One Response to “Missing Kenyan runner found alive at Alaska hotel”

  1. mama watoto said

    Woi Ngai mwathani… Mwana wene… I hope he will be ok. Oh boy!!! I am seing this as my own son.

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