HOKA NAZ Elite has announced that they have signed the reigning 5000m NCAA Indoor National Champion, Wesley Kiptoo into their stable.
Kiptoo has lifetimes best of 7:43.61 in 3000m, 13:14.74 in 5000m and 27:37.29 in 10000m and he will be relocating to with his family to Flagstaff, Arizona to join his new HOKA NAZ Elite teammates next month.
The Marakwet born athlete is also the a seven-time NCAA Division I All American in cross country and track and field, a seven-time Big 12 Champion, and holds Iowa State records in the indoor 3000m, 5000m as well as the outdoor 10000m.
Kiptoo said that turning pro has been his dream since he started running.
“Getting this opportunity from HOKA NAZ Elite gives me a chance to continue my running career,” said Kiptoo. “I am so excited to become a member of the team and to be a full time professional athlete.”
Kiptoo will join a roster that includes, among others, fellow Kenyan Alex Masai, as well as Olympian Aliphine Tuliamuk, top American marathoners Stephanie Bruce and Kellyn Taylor, two-time New Zealand national champion Matt Baxter, and former American collegiate record holder, Tyler Day.
HOKA NAZ Elite Head Coach Ben Rosario said Kiptoo is just the beginning of what he calls the next phase of the program.
“When Aliphine [Tuliamuk] competed at the Olympic Games in 2021, that was sort of the culmination of the first eight years of our team,” Rosario said.