Two School Records Fall Saturday at Masked Rider Open
Senior Katie Grimes broke the 55-meter hurdle school record at the Masked Rider Open Saturday.
Jan. 19, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior hurdler Katie Grimes spoke at length about this moment just a few weeks before Saturday's finale of the Masked Rider Open.
The Canyon, Texas native, who often admits to never envisioning a career as decorated as the one she's magnificently built in the last four years, already owned the school record in each the 55-meter, 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles.
And so, in the midst of a busy day of competition on her home track, Grimes put on one final show inside the Athletic Training Center.
In a short burst, she flew one-by-one over the hurdles on the way to breaking the school record for the second time in as many meets, and third in the last two years, with a stellar time of 7.67 seconds in Saturday's 55m hurdles.
Grimes was the first of two Texas Tech athletes to break school records in an eventful final day of the Masked Rider Open.
Sophomore Kole Weldon also made history Saturday as he broke the four-year-old school record in the men's shot put with a toss of 18.47m (60'-7.25") to finish first overall in the competition. The mark broke the previous record of 18.14m (59'-6.25") and currently ranks No. 5 on the national indoor qualifying list.
Weldon's school record highlighted a strong performance from the group of four Texas Tech throwers as they each improved their marks from last weekend's season-opener. Meanwhile, senior Lady Raider Ifeatu Okafor earned her second victory in as many meets in the women's shot put with a season-best throw of 15.84m (51'-11.75").
The women's 4x400 relay team, comprised of Christen Rivers, Candance Jackson, Amoy Blake and Cierra White, improved on their already impressive performance from just a week ago. The relay squad finished first overall with a time of 3:37.34, which currently ranks third nationally.
In the women's pole vault, a pair of freshmen in Haley Cook and Shelby Poncik both turned in impressive performances. Poncik cleared her first collegiate bar, and finished second with a mark of 3.75m (12'-3.50"). Cook followed in third clearing a bar at 3.60m (11'-9.75")
Texas Tech sophomore Avril McGhee opened the women's field events by finishing second in the triple jump with a mark of 12.08m (39'-7.75").
Red Raider junior Ezekiel Kissorio turned in a strong performance in the men's 3,000-meter run finishing first overall with a time of 8:25.77. Meanwhile, teammate Brendan Devlin set a new personal-best with a time of 8:59.14.
Texas Tech returns to action next week when the program makes its first road trip of the year to compete at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge Jan. 25-26.
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