Three athletes with ties to Wayland Baptist University were in Tokyo competing in the Olympic Games.
Tamyra Mariama Mensah-Stock of Katy, Texas — a Wayland Baptist University alum — won a gold medal in the women’s wrestling freestyle 68-kilogram weight-class event at the Tokyo Olympics. She became the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. She last competed at Wayland in 2017 after winning a pair of Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships for the Pioneers in 2015 and 2017.
Bernard Keter, who attended Wayland in 2015, competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing 11th in the finals.
Che Lara, a senior at Wayland, represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 4 x 400-meter relay event.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This article was originally published by Texas’ Baptist Standard.