Former UAA runner Henry Cheseto dies in Kansas car crash

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Former UAA runner Henry Cheseto died in a car crash Wednesday in Andover, Kansas. According to the Andover Police Department, a witness at the scene said Cheseto’s car crossed the center lane and ran into a garbage truck head on.

Photo taken in November of 2014 when Cheseto was a Freshman for UAA Cross-Country

Cheseto was on his way home for Butler Community College according to Andover Police, and wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. He was partially ejected from the vehicle.

The Andover Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol are currently investigating the accident.

“What a tragic loss for the many friends and family who knew Henry,” said UAA’s head Cross-Country and Track and Field coach Michael Friess in a statement. “He will certainly be remembered by our UAA cross-country and track & field family.”

Cheseto, originally from Kenya, had an impressive cross-country résumé during his time at UAA, taking third place at nationals in 2015, a two-time All-American, two-time NCAA West Region champion, and a two-time GNAC Champion. In track and field, Cheseto won two conference titles and was a six-time All-GNAC selection.

He’s survived by his brother Marko who was also a part of the UAA program from 2009-2011. According to KTUU’s sister station KWCH in Kansas, friends held a vigil near the crash site on Thursday.