Recent Northwood University graduate named national athlete of the week Will soon compete in national championship
Submitted article by Northwood University
CEDAR HILL – Alfred Kite has been called the hardest working athlete with whom his very experienced and accomplished coach at Northwood University has ever worked.
That adulation is well-deserved. Kite was recently named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – the first in the history of this campus.
Earlier in the season, Kite was ranked No. 2 in the nation in track and field, which helped qualify him to compete in the NAIA national championship in Marion, India Friday, May 27.
“I’m working hard and I’m getting something out of my hard work,” Kite said. “That’s a good example to others. It shows them they can work hard and the same thing can happen to them.”
Kite helped the Knights become the first men’s track and field team in program history to win back-to-back Red River Athletic Conference Championships. The senior from Eldorate, Kenya, wrapped up three individual gold medals in the 3,000-meter run, 5,000 and 10,000 and first place in the 4x800 relay.
He also finished second in the 1,500 and fifth in the 800. In all, Kite earned six All-Conference honors at the RRAC Championships.
“This makes me feel I’m setting a good example for the team, which works hard to achieve this kind of success,” said Kite. “I feel really proud of myself, because all of these are great achievements.”
Jody Hawkins, head men’s and women’s cross country and track coach, called Alfred “the hardest working athlete I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”
“In fact, Kite will be joining Northwood’s staff next year as a volunteer assistant,” said Coach Hawkins.
“Any time one of your athletes is able to reach their goals it is truly a blessing,” Coach Hawkins said. “Alfred has started to develop more as a leader among his peers. He certainly sets the bar high when it comes to leading by example.”
Kite, who graduated in May with a degree in accounting, lives in Grand Prairie and wants to be a tax accountant. Kite will compete in national competition in late May. He’s been competing in nationals since 2008. Kite has been named an All-American four times and won countless awards from the Red River Athletic Conference, including two MVPs and All-Conference.
Northwood’s emphasis on developing ethical business leaders and belief in the free market and entrepreneurialism has very much impacted the person Kite is today. Kite said these beliefs have helped him be responsible and practice leadership.
Northwood also has helped him network with several big firms, such as on career days when recruiters come to campus. He is humble and grateful to everyone who has helped him during his time at Northwood.
“I want to thank everyone I’ve been running with and competing with to help our team grow,” Kite said. “Hard work pays. If you work hard, you’re going to get big achievements.” Pat Malcheski, Northwood’s athletic director, praised Kite as one of the most accomplished student athletes this university has seen.
Kite leads not only with his actions on the track, but off the track as well.
“Alfred is one of the top runners in the nation, which of course has helped his team reach its goals,” said Coach Malcheski. “He creates his own high achievement and applauds the high achievement of others.”