Kipyego Races to National Title - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/9/07

Kipyego Races to National Title


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Becoming only the second Texas Tech female to title an event, sophomore Sally Kipyego took the 5000M crown at the NCAA Championships. The reigning NCAA cross country champion earned the victory after running a school-record time of 15:27.42.

Kipyego's finish marks only the third title in Tech women's history and the second indoor title. Leigh Daniel championed the indoor 5000M in 1999 and finished first in the 10000M outdoors that same year. The first-place finish stands as the 30th Big 12 individual champion in the conference history.

The Marakwet, Kenya, native's time reset her own school record, shaving over 10 seconds from her previous personal best. Kipyego defeated second-place Arianna Lambie of Stanford by 10 seconds, as Lambie clocked a time of 15:37.97.

Marlon Odom, competing at his first indoor championships, broke the school 60M hurdle record in both heats of the event. The Killeen, Texas, native clocked a time of 7.75 in the preliminary heat to qualify for the finals. The mark bested senior Shawon Harris' run of 7.76 from last year's national meet.

In the 60M finals Odom continued to increase his pace as he finished with a time of 7.73 to place fifth, earning All-American status. The honor marks the two-time outdoor All-American's first indoor accolade.

In his final indoor race for the Red Raiders, Kevin Chelimo earned his second All-American honor in the men's 5000M. Chelimo clocked a time of 13:48.88 to place sixth in the event.

Lacy Wilson completed her senior indoor campaign with an 11th-place showing in the women's high jump. Wilson, who was the Big 12 runner-up this year after setting a new school record, cleared a height of 5'-10.75".

Texas Tech will continue competition tomorrow on the final day of the championships from the Randal Tyson Track Center Fayetteville, Ark. Lindsey Walesheck (pole vault), Anthony Flemons (triple jump), Irene Kimaiyo (3000M), Kipyego (3000M) and the men's 4x400M relay will all be in action tomorrow. The event can be watched live on www.espn360.com http://www.espn360.com  and Tech results will be posted at http://www.texastech.com  as soon as competition is complete.

COURTESY: TEXASTECH.COM

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