Men's Distance Medley Relay Breaks School Record
Texas Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka and the men's distance medley relay broke the school record Friday.
Jan. 25, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas Tech men's distance medley relay team highlighted the opening night of action at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge Friday. The squad, anchored by 2012 NCAA Cross Country Champion Kennedy Kithuka, broke the school record on its way to finishing first overall and crossing the line with a time of 9:41.55.
The performance improved upon their previous season-best and top-ranked time in the nation by nearly 10 seconds.
"I'm very proud of our distance medley relay team," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "We were much faster than last week and four seconds faster than the previous school record. We are improving and can still run faster."
The time broke the previous school record of 9:45.21 set in 2010 while the squad remains undefeated in two races this season.
Junior Ezekiel Kissorio gave the Red Raiders an early lead with a strong performance in the opening 1,200-meter leg of the relay before handing it off to Joseph Richards III. The freshman maintained the lead in the 400M stretch with a split of 48.22 seconds.
Freshman Nick Rivera then went head-to-head with Texas A&M's Nick Rollo in the 800M leg, opening up a 25M lead before handing it off to Kithuka. Kithuka then opened up a 50M lead before cruising to the victory in the final two laps to finish off a 4:01.25 split in the final mile of the relay.
"It was just a fantastic effort and a great improvement from last week," Texas Tech head cross country and assistant track and field coach Jon Murray said.
The Lady Raider distance medley relay, comprised of freshman McKenzie Archer, sophomore Christen Rivers, junior Caitlin Waters and sophomore Sharlene Nickle on the anchor leg finished third behind Texas A&M and Tennessee with a time of 12:07.69.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech was represented by two Lady Raiders in the women's pentathlon as freshman Natalie Thompson finished fifth overall with 2,947 points. She was followed by freshman Natalie Baker who finished sixth with 2,901points.
Lady Raiders Chelsea Scott and Emily Koenig finished third and fourth respectively in the women's 5,000-meter run. Scott crossed the line with a time of 18:39.55 and was followed by Koenig who finished with a time of 18: 45.44.
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders will resume action at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge Saturday with action beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.