Kenya native Rono finds a home at Point Park
By Liz Bey, Point Park sports information student assistant
July 21, 2009
PITTSBURGH -- Reuben Rono, a sophomore from Kapsabet, Kenya, was one of the top runners on the Point Park men’s cross country team in 2008.
Rono’s journey to Point Park from his home country was long and far, but he is glad that he found the university in downtown Pittsburgh. Rono found Point Park online while searching for colleges. When he spotted Point Park, he researched the school thoroughly.
“After considering several factors, especially the student-to-professor ratio and also the kind of field I wanted to specialize, in I decided to attend Point Park and become a part of it,” said Rono (pictured).
Rono said he knew that becoming part of a different culture would allow him to observe how people interact, how they live and how different things are done globally. After receiving advice from U.S.-bound friends, Rono applied to Point Park and was accepted. In the spring, he completed his freshman year majoring in environmental health service and protection.
“I knew (attending) could be a milestone in my life and my future,” Rono said.
There are several things that Rono likes about living in Pittsburgh. One is the football mania that is starting to engrain itself in him, he said. The other would be the Strip District where he buys all his groceries so he can cook.
“It has made me feel like I am in Kenya despite the fact that I am thousands of miles away from home,” Rono said.
One thing that Rono is always comfortable with is running. Last year, he quickly became the top runner on the men’s cross country team, and that made him feel right at home. Rono began the sport of long-distance running in his hometown, Kapsabet, Kenya, and knew he had the potential to be a great runner.
“It all started all the way back at home, and I knew that I had a potential to be a good athlete. And that entails a lot of sacrifice and personal discipline at all times,” Rono said.
Rono was the first Point Park men’s runner to cross the finish line in five of the six meets he competed in last year. His best performance of the year came at the Pitt-Greensburg Invitational, where he placed third overall with a time of 28 minutes, 16 seconds.
The performance at Pitt-Greensburg marked the second-highest placement and the second-highest time by a men’s runner in school history.
Liz Bey is a student assistant in the Point Park sports information office. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.