Kipyego Earns Spot on Kenyan Olympic Team
Sally Kipyego, the most decorated student-athlete in Texas Tech history, qualified for the Kenyan Olympic team Friday .
June 15, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech standout Sally Kipyego officially sealed her spot on the 2012 Kenyan Olympic team Friday, finishing third in the 10,000 meter run at the Kenyan trials.
Kipyego, the most decorated student-athlete in Texas Tech history, crossed the line with a time of 32:26.82 to officially punch her ticket to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
"It's just great," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm just thrilled for her. What a great ambassador for Texas Tech and a great opportunity that she has to go get a medal. I'm just very excited for her and I'm proud of her because she was such a great student-athlete for us."
Kipyego, a nine-time NCAA Champion during her unprecedented career at Texas Tech, won silver at the IAAF World Championships last year in the 10,000 meter run. She finished with a time of 30:50.4 to become the first Texas Tech athlete to medal at a World Championships or Olympic Games.
Now, she has her sights on a medal in London.
"It's just a great honor for Sally," head cross country coach Jon Murray added. "It's a testimony to all of the hard work that she has put in over the years. To be able to run in one of the top qualifying races in the world and still finish in the top-three shows that she has a bright future ahead of her."
Kipyego still holds six school records for Texas Tech - three indoor and three outdoor - including the 10,000 meter run mark of 31:25.45 which she set on May 4, 2008 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The mark was also an NCAA record.
The U.S. Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21- July 1 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.