TURLOCK, Calif. — Former Peru Central standout Kim Kemp Duyst coached the USA Team at the World Cross-Country Championships last month in Africa.Duyst, in her 20th season as California State University-Stanislaus coach, served as senior women's team leader for the USA team squad at the 35th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya.The USA senior women's team, competing without two top runners, finished a respectable eighth in the competition that is traditionally dominated by runners from Africa."I am very honored that they felt I was worthy when the coaches were selected," Duyst said. "I had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people and work with some of the world's best runners."The races were run in 97-degree heat and 63 percent humidity, so people were dropping like flies."Although 12 of the 100 women from all over the world who ran went down during the race due to the heat, all of the USA competitors finished. Duyst said her coaching role was to help prepare the runners during practice sessions with race strategy and orientation to the eight kilometer course.More than 50,000 people, some of them climbing trees to get a better view of what is a very popular sport in Kenya, turned out to watch the international competition.It was the fourth USA team coaching appearance at the international level for Duyst. She served at the 1998 World Cross Country Championships in Morocco, at the World Track & Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta (2001), and Paris (2003), and 1993 World University Games in Buffalo.Five of Duyst's CSU Stanislaus athletes have won national championships and more than 70 have earned All-American honors. They have broken University track & field school records an amazing 68 times over the past five seasons.Duyst, a 1975 graduate of Peru Central and a track & field standout for the Indians, was inducted in the Cal State-Stanislaus Athletic Hall of Fame in December, 2005.She holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Wyoming, and came to CSU Stanislaus from coaching positions at the University of West Virginia and Syracuse University.
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