VICTORIA, British Columbia (July 5, 2013) – Former Oklahoma Christian standout Silas Kisorio ran seventh among 15 competitors on Friday night in the Timex 1,500-meter final in the Victoria International Track Classic, a major Canadian track and field meet.
Kisorio, in the race to set the pace for other competitors, didn’t back down after doing so. He ran in the top three for most of the first three laps before taking the lead near the end of the third lap.
The native of Eldoret, Kenya, led until the backstretch of the final lap before giving way to eventual winner Nathan Brannen of Canada, who prevailed in 3:36.84 to qualify for the upcoming World Championships.
Kisorio finished in a season-best time of 3:40.58, just .01 behind sixth-place finisher Charles Philbert-Thiboutot of France.
Kisorio holds the OC record in the 1,500 of 3:41.39, set in May 2012 while capping his remarkable collegiate career with his third outdoor NAIA title in the event. All told, Kisorio won 12 individual titles and earned NAIA All-America honors 21 times while running for OC.
Friday’s race was the third this month for Kisorio in British Columbia. He served as the pacesetter for a 1,500-meter event on Monday, then finished third in a field 12 in the 800 meters in the Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic in Abbotsford on Wednesday, posting a time of 1:48.86.