Tech Completes Competition at A&M Challenge

The Texas Tech track and field team had several impressive performances over the weekend in College Station.

Jan. 28, 2012

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas Tech completed the final day of the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge Saturday afternoon at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

The Red Raiders teamed up with the Texas A&M men's team to give the Big 12 an overall victory over squads from the Pac 12 and SEC. The Big 12 finished the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge with 277.25 points to top the Pac 12 (227.25) and SEC (164.50).

On the women's side, the Big 12 finished second overall behind the SEC with 214 points. The SEC finished with 216 points while the Pac 12 finished with 178.

"I felt it was very good to battle with these great teams," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "It's really good for our kids to see a different level. I saw some great things today."

Senior Nick Green completed the heptathlon Saturday finishing in ninth place with a total of 4,082 pts marking the second best heptathlon performance of his career.

Meanwhile, junior Katie Grimes continued her fast start to the indoor season by taking home a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.33. The time broke her own school record mark of 8.38 set last season. This weekend marked Grimes' first 60-meter hurdles race of the season after running back-to-back 55m hurdle races to open the year.

"I thought Katie did a great job competing," sprints coach Dion Miller said. "She is being a leader and leading her team."

The time of 8.33 currently ranks tenth in the nation, and Grimes now has three first-place finishes in hurdle races this season.

All-American Kelly Closse picked up another win in the women's shot put with a throw of 55'-2.75" to set a new personal best. The mark currently ranks fifth in the country.

"Kelly is working harder and it is showing up in her throws," Kittley said. "She is more focused and working very hard."

Freshman Cierra White had an impressive performance Saturday running a 7.66 in the prelims of the 60 meter dash.

In the distance events senior Rose Tanui took home a top-five finish in the women's 3000-meter placing fifth with a time of 9:34.85. The time currently ranks fifth in the Big 12. Senior Caroline Jepleting garnered a second place finish in the women's mile run with a time of 4:42.20.

The women's `A' 4x400 relay team comprised of Candace Jackson, Erica Alexander, Olivia Lewis and Taylor Evans finished second with a mark of 3:37.49. The time marked their best performance of the season and currently ranks sixth in the country.

Erica Alexander took home a fourth place finish in the finals of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.58.

Tech will return to action next weekend by hosting the Red Raider Open on Feb. 4.




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