Roddick Moves into Top Five of NCAA High Jump

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Jan. 29, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 4 Red Raiders and No. 13 Lady Raiders track team helped the Big 12 defeat the SEC at the Texas A&M Challenge with help from some top marks including Darrell Roddick's 2.22M/7'-3.25" in the high jump.

"I am excited for Darrell's jump and Bryce Brown in the 60M hurdles," said head coach Wes Kittley. "I felt Shade and the Karunde twins improved and competed well. I hope we learned a lot from this meet. We had a lot of pressure on us and some handled it and others didn't. I hope we can bounce back and come back strong for our next meet."

Roddick not only cleared a personal best in the high jump but put himself into the top five in the NCAA. The senior cleared 2.22M/7'-3.25 to place third in the meet and moves him to fifth in the nation. The mark is extremely close to the school record of 7'-3.50" set in 1984 by Roland Mitchell.

The Red Raiders put three into the finals of the 60M hurdles. Bryce Brown won the race with a meet record of 7.78 and beat Texas A&M's Wayne Davis II. Jamele Mason finished fifth with a 7.93 while Shane Brathwaite was seventh in an 8.18.

Shade Weygandt won the women's pole vault by clearing 4.35M/14'-3.25". She attempted a personal best and NCAA lead of 4.45M/14'-7.25" but came up short. Weygandt's mark of 4.35M/14'-3.25" set a meet record and ties a Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium record set by Kylie Hutson of Indiana State.

Caroline and Winrose Karunde paced each other throughout the 3000M race to the fourth and fifth fastest times in the NCAA. Caroline Karunde won the race with a time of 9:24.97 while Winrose was right behind with a 9:25.02 to finish in second.

Carline Karunde came back a short time later and ran the mile in a time of 4:47.58 to place second. Caroline Jepleting ran a 4:51.56 to finish in third.

Bryce Lamb won his second long jump title in a row. His best mark was a 7.57M/24'-10". In the men's vault Kyal Meyers was close to winning his third-straight meet. The freshman cleared 5.03M/16'-6" and placed second behind Matt Shuler of South Carolina.

Kelly Closse placed second in the women's shot put with a throw of 16.29M/53'-5.50". It is her season best so far and keeps her at No. 11 in the nation. Closse turned around and won the women's weight throw. She won with a mark of 19.07M/62'-6.75".

Silas Kemboi almost made it a sweep for Tech in the 3K. Kemboi battled Adam Porter of Kansas State throughout the race but placed second with a personal-best time of 9:21.92.

Taylor Evans ran a 54.86 in the women's 400M to place third with Meshawn Graham running a 55.72 for sixth. Erica Alexander ran a personal-best time of 7.46 in the final to place sixth.

Purity Biwott ran a 2:10.87 in the 800M to place third overall. Devin Bailey finished sixth in a time of 2:12.60.

The women's 4x400M relay of Candace Jackson, Alexander, Terra Evans and Taylor Evans ran a 3:38.22 to finish in third. The men's 4x400M of Bryce Brown, Markus Henderson, Shane Brathwaite and Jamele Mason ran a 3:11.97 to place sixth.

The Big 12 beat the SEC in both the men's and women's races. The Big 12 men won with 383 points to the SEC's 214 and the Big 12 women won 363 to 312.




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