Five Tech Athletes Record First Place Finishes in Day One
Kelly Closse was one of five Tech athletes with first place finishes on Friday night.
Jan. 13, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Heading into the first meet of the season head coach Wes Kittley was anxious to see just how his squad would compete to begin the year. On Friday afternoon inside the Athletic Training Facility, he got that opportunity while his program hosted the Texas Tech Open to officially begin the indoor season.
"It's always exciting have the first meet of the year," Kittley said. "I'm really pleased that everyone is really excited about competing."
In an impressive fashion Texas Tech had five athletes with first place finishes on day one of the meet, including freshman Killian Barry who made his Tech debut in the meet. Barry had a toss of 16.77m in the weight throw, beating out Tech sophomore Kole Weldon who came in second with a toss of 16.02m.
"It was just a really good effort by a lot of kids today," Kittley added.
Along with Barry's first place finish, senior Devin Bailey (1000M), senior Precious Nwokey (long jump), senior Kelly Closse (weight throw) and senior Dellon Williams (long jump) all claimed first place finishes.
Nwokey, who also made her Tech debut after transferring from Kentucky, impressed with a jump of 6.10m. The jump marked the third best indoor long jump in school history.
The Red Raiders also had a strong finish from their underclassmen in the men's 1000M run with sophomore Reid Strong and freshman Kendall McVey finishing in second and third place. Strong finished with a time of 2:31.66, while McVey followed with a time of 2:32.03.
Isaiah Gill also had a strong performance, coming in second place in the men's 600-yard run with a time of 1:11.81.