Less than two months ago, Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School didn't have enough runners to field a boys cross country team. With precious little time to find new recruits, Jeffersonville coach Mark Felix needed a miracle. He got something even better: An enthusiastic Rwandan novice in search of something to smooth the transition from his home country.
According to Matt Koesters of the Jeffersonville (Ind.) Evening News and Tribune, Felix was introduced to Jeffersonville freshman Leonard Kwitonda by Amy Austin, the school's girls cross country coach and a physical education teacher. Austin saw Kwitonda in a handful of different athletic activities in her class and asked him if he had ever run competitively.
It turns out Kwitonda was new to running, but he was hardly new to competition. An emigrant to the U.S. granted asylum because of Rwanda's ever perilous security, Kwitonda first visited the U.S. with the Rwandan National Junior Basketball team. With an uncle living in Jeffersonville,Read More »from Surprising African arrival saves, then stars on, cross country team