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Tech Track Has Good Start to Season

Markus Henderson was second in the 200M at the Texas Tech Open
Markus Henderson was second in the 200M at the Texas Tech Open

Jan. 14, 2011


LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech No. 7 men's and No. 18 women's track teams had a good start to the season as junior Kelley Closse put herself into the top 10 in the nation in the women's weight throw at the Texas Tech Open.

Closse, in her first meet for Texas Tech, set a personal-best and won the weight with a throw of 20.17M (66'-2.25"). The mark is an Athletic Training Center record and puts Closse into the top 10 in the NCAA for the early season.

The women's 4x800M relay was close to breaking a school record but fell just short. Caroline Karunde, Winrose Karunde, Caroline Jepleting and Purity Biwott ran a 9:01.69 to win the 4x800M.

Kelsey Lloyd opened her season up by winning the women's long jump with a mark of 5.75M (18'-10.50"). Teammate Katie Grimes placed fifth with a jump of 5.47M (17'-11.50").

Bryce Brown and Jamele Mason both ran in the 600Y and started with good marks. Brown ran a 1:11.05 for fifth and Mason was seventh in 1:11.54.

Candace Jackson ran a 24.72 in the 200M to place third. On the men's side Tech had four runners finish in the top 10. Markus Henderson placed second with a 22.15 while newcomer Ryan Pease was third with a time of 22.34. Freshman Taheric Brantley ran a 22.55 to place fourth and Zack Neely ran a 23.13 to finish in 10th.



Devin Bailey ran a 3:00.93 in the 1000M to place third with teammate Keaci Jobe finishing fifth in a time of 3:06.13.

Freshman Nick Tam started his season out strong placing third in the high jump. He cleared 2.03M (6'-8") in his first collegiate meet.

The second day of the Texas Tech Open will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with field events and running will start at 11:30 a.m.

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