Kipyego Earns Automatic Mark in First Competition|
Jan. 20, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Reigning cross country national champion Sally Kipyego completed her first indoor race for Texas Tech, earning the Red Raiders' first NCAA automatic qualifying time. The Kenya native finished the mile event in a time of 4:43.04, setting a new Athletic Training Center record.
Also competing in the women's mile was cross country All-American Irene Kimaiyo, who reached an NCAA provisional mark with a time of 4:49.78. Kimaiyo finished in second behind Kipyego.
In the women's shot put, Patience Knight took the title with a distance of 50'-8.25", Tech's second provisional mark on Saturday. Tech's D'Andra Carter finished behind Knight with a throw of 45'-5.75"
In the championship run of the 60M hurdles, senior Marlon Odom finished in first, as he competed against four teammates in the seven-man final. Odom ran a time of 7.97, finishing .07 seconds ahead of second place.
Kevin Chelimo and Edwin Sang finished second and third, respectively, in the men's mile. Chelimo, Tech's third 2006 All-American cross country runner, ran a time of 4:07.44, while Sang finished in 4:17.22.
In the men's high jump, Justin Turner stepped onto the collegiate scene with an impressive start for the Red Raiders. He finished second clearing a height of 6'-9", besting the top indoor mark from last year's Tech campaign.
On the women's side in the long jump, Lacy Wilson finished first with a height of 5'-8". Misty Coley followed in second place clearing 5'-6".
The Red Raiders next split up to travel to New Mexico and Washington. For complete results of the Texas Tech men's and women's track teams, please visit www.texastech.com.