Records Fall as Tech Track Gets Its Start
Jan. 19, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's track season finally got its start on Friday when the Red Raiders hosted the Texas Tech Invitational. Despite the snow, the teams were prepped for the event as two facility records were set and Tech found four victories on the first day.
In the women's distance medley, the Tech team finished in a time of 11:44.14 to mark a new facility record as the relay finished first. The squad of Asia Diaz, Louise Cox, Gladys Kipsang and Sally Kipyego beat the previous mark of 11:56.53 set by UT-San Antonio in 2004.
The men's distance medley relay consisting of Silas Kemboi, Zach Glavash, Edwin Sang and Kevin Chelimo finished in first place with a time of 10:09.42. The clocking marks a new Athletic Training Center record, breaking the previous time of 10:17.21 set on Jan. 25, 2003.
Pole vaulter Amanda Alley achieved Tech's first NCAA provisional mark of the season as she marked a height of 12'-11.50" to take the title in the event.
In the men's 60M hurdles, six Red Raiders qualified for Saturday's final. Senior Daryl Burgess ran the top time in 7.96 with returning All-American Shawon Harris in second with a clocking of 7.99. Marlon Odom, Nathan Lowry, Omo Osaghae and Bryan Scott will also run in the finals, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. January 20th.
Newcomer Ryan Adkins made his debut in the men's 55M, running a 6.57 in the preliminary heat. In the semi-finals, the Roscoe, Texas, native qualified for the finals after running a time of 6.56.
Also making an impressive start for the Tech team was Jonisha Boleware in the women's 55M sprint. The freshman from Lancaster, Texas, ran a time of 7.16 and in third place to qualify for Saturday's final.
In a final of the 600 yard run, freshman Brandon Washington finished first in his debut race for the Red Raiders in a time of 1:11.44. On the women's side, Keshima Starks took first for Tech in a run of 1:29.95.
Action continues at the invitational on Saturday, January 20th, with the triple jump scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The first running event on the day is set to be the women's 60M hurdles at 12:30 p.m. For complete results of the event, please visit www.texastech.com following the day's completion.