One current- & one former Red Raider made the Summer Olympics in London when Texas Tech senior hurdler Shane Brathwaite & former Red Raider standout Sally Kipyego made their respective national teams this weekend.
From the Texas Tech Athletics Department:
Texas Tech senior hurdler Shane Brathwaite finished third at the Barbados National Championships in the 110 meter hurdles Saturday to officially qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Brathwaite crossed the line with a time of 13.63 and secured his spot on the Barbados Olympic Team with the top-three finish. Brathwaite entered the national championships having already hit the Olympic qualifying mark during the NCAA Outdoor season.
The Texas Tech standout sprint hurdler ended his stellar career earlier this month with a seventh place finish in the 110 meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships to earn first team All-American honors.
Brathwaite finished his senior season with six top-five finishes and two first place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles. He recorded a season-best time of 13.43 in the finals at the Texas Relays in March. The time ranked No. 6 on the final NCAA Division I outdoor performance list.
Brathwaite also earned second team All-American honors as a member of the 4x100 relay team.
Former Texas Tech standout Sally Kipyego punched a second ticket to the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday as she qualified in her second event at the Kenyan Olympic Trials.
Kipyego finished second overall with a time of 16:09.29.
"This was another outstanding effort by Sally," Texas Tech Cross Country Coach Jon Murray said. "It is quite an honor to be able to represent Kenya in two events at the Olympics. This is a great testimony to Sally's hard work during her running career."
Kipyego is the most decorated student-athlete in Texas Tech history with nine NCAA titles and has already qualified for the Olympics in the 10,000 meter run.