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Kipyego Runs into History Books with Third-Straight NCAA Cross Country Title

Sally Kipyego
Sally Kipyego

Nov. 24, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior Sally Kipyego ran into the NCCA history books in Terre Haute, Ind. as she became the first female in NCAA Division I history to win three NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Kipyego ran the 6K course in a time of 19:29, which is the fastest time she has ran on the course. It is the eighth overall NCAA title for Kipyego in her amazing career and caps and undefeated career and her third-straight title in cross country. Kiypego finishes her cross country career as the most decorated female student-athlete in NCAA cross country history.

"It's an amazing feeling. I am absolutely happy for just being able to come here and win three in a row. It's a blessing to me. It's one opportunity that you just don't get every day," Kipyego expressed after the race.

The Lady Raiders finished an amazing season in seventh place with 272 points. Washington won the title with 79 points. The seventh place finish is the second best in school history and the fnish adds to the accolades of Big 12 and Mountain Regional Champions.

Junior Lillian Badardu placed 14th to finish with a time of 20:28. She finished in the top 15 in every race this season. Senior Asia Diaz capped a stellar career as a Lady Raider running a time of 20:55 to finish in 50th place.

Junior Gladys Kipsang finish 83rd in a time of 21:16 and sophomore Michelle Guzman ran a time of 21:40 to place in 124th. Sophomore Addison LeMaster crossed the line in 171st place in a time of 22:05 and Chep Boit ran a time of 22:53 to place 203rd.



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