WSSU's Irene Jeptolo Narrowly Misses 5000 Meter Finals At NCAA Championship

May 30, 2006

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EMPORIA, KS - Winston-Salem State University's Irene Jeptolo narrowly missed qualifying for the women's 5000 meter final at the NCAA Division II Women's Track and Field Championship from the campus of Emporia State University in Emporia, KS on Saturday afternoon as she turned in a time of 18:43.78.


Jeptolo, a freshman from Kapsabet, Kenya, who was the United States Track And Field And Cross-Country Coaches Association's Division II Southeast Region Female Student-Athlete of the Year once again turned in a stellar first season with the Lady Rams as she qualified for the national championships with a win in the women's 5000 meters at the 2006 NC A&T Last Chance Track and Field Invitational two weeks ago. A first-place finish in the women's 5000 meters at NC A&T, with a time of 16:56.03, was good enough to earn her an NCAA National Championships Qualification and rank her sixth nationally heading into the Championships where she fell just short of the finals finishing eighth in heat two of the preliminary round.


Jeptolo will continue to train over the summer as she prepares for the upcoming 2006 cross-country season which begins in August.


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