Kipyego Wins NCAA Individual Title|
Nov. 20, 2006
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Texas Tech sophomore Sally Kipyego won the school's first NCAA cross country individual title at the 2006 NCAA Championships on Monday. Kipyego led the Red Raider women to a sixth-place finish in the team's first appearance at nationals. As the 13th ranked team, the Tech squad defeated seven teams of higher rank.
The win marks Kipyego's sixth victory of the year, as the Kenya native remains undefeated as a Red Raider. On Monday's 6k race, Kipyego finished in a time of 20:11.1, 26.8 seconds ahead of second-place Jenny Barringer of Colorado.
Irene Kimaiyo placed ninth overall and eighth against team members with a time of 21:06.3, finishing her Tech cross country career with her best finish at the national meet. Kimaiyo individually qualified last year and ran a time of 22:06.4 to place 200th.
Kipyego and Kimaiyo both earn All-America accolades by finishing in the top 30.
Violet Chemakwila, also a Tech senior, finished in 57th overall, 46th against team members, with a time of 21:43.9. Finishing 144th overall/111th team was freshman Gladys Kipsang with a run of 22:29.6. Asia Diaz clocked a time of 22:39.7 to finish in 168th overall and 134th among team members.
No. 1-ranked Stanford took the team title with 195 points, with No. 6 Colorado finishing in second with 223. No. 10 Michigan (233) and No. 8 Wisconsin (262) finished three-four. No. 2 Arkansas beat Texas Tech by 14 points to finish in fifth with 286 points.
Competing on the men's side, senior Red Raider Kevin Chelimo earned All-American honors with a 17th place finish. In his final race with Texas Tech, Chelimo clocked a time of 31:22.2.As Tech's only competing male, Chelimo finishes his Tech cross country career as the first male All-American in Tech history.
Women's 6k Results (overall/against team members)