Kipyego will be inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame
The first class of inductee achievements — 30 chosen solely on their accomplishments as a collegiate athlete — include 205 national collegiate individual titles, 99 world records and 19 Olympic gold medals.
The Kenyan long-distance runner came to Lubbock and etched her name in the Texas Tech history books through all seasons – cross country, indoor and outdoor track. She also made national history, becoming the first Kenyan to win a national cross country title as she would win three in a row (2006-08), becoming the only female runner in NCAA history. to accomplish such a feat. She is the only woman in Big 12 conference history to have won three cross country titles, and her win in 2008 helped the team capture its first women’s title in program history.
Several of his marks at Tech have yet to be reached to date: indoor mile, indoor 3,000m, indoor 5,000m, outdoor 5,000m and outdoor 10,000m. Professionally, Kipyego has twice placed in the top 5 in the 10,000m at the World Championships and at the 2012 Olympics in London she won silver in the 10,000m.
Eligibility for induction this year was limited to men who had completed their college eligibility before 2000 and women before 2010, the difference being an effort to increase the number of eligible women, as the male side of the sport has a history much longer. .