Tech Ends Final Home Indoor Meet on High Note|
Kelly Closse's NCAA automatic qualifying toss of 70' 9.00" set a new indoor school record.
Feb. 4, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -The Texas Tech track and field squad competed in its final home indoor meet of the season Saturday inside the Athletic Training Center, and put on a show while doing so.
Tech saw six athletes garner first-place finishes during the single-day event along with a handful of personal records.
Texas Tech senior All-American Kelly Closse won the weight throw competition with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 70'-9.00", a mark she set on her third attempt of the day. With the throw, she broke the school record, one she set just two weeks ago, while also breaking the Athletic Training Center record.
"I can really focus on my technique now," Closse said. "It's like a huge barrier just fell. Now I can see beyond that, and what I am capable of."
Closse later added to her successful day by winning the shot put competition with a throw of 53'-1.00".
"Kelly has improved on pace with what we thought she would do this year," throws coach Cliff Felkins said. "If we can get another meter before the national meet, then she is in position to place really high, and maybe have an outside chance to win it. I'm happy that she finally got a really good throw off. That, technically, was a very good throw."
The Red Raiders had an impressive showing in the men's pole vault as well.
Sophomore Kyal Meyers set a personal record by clearing 17'-7.75" and winning the event. Meyers' vault currently ranks seventh in the country after Saturday's action.
"He's not done yet," associate head coach Rock Light said. "He's got more to go."
In the preliminary round of the women's 55mH, senior Roxie Greve ran a season-best time of 8.28, besting her time of 8.39 which she ran twice during the Texas Tech Open on Jan. 21.
In the men's weight throw, Tech captured two of the top three marks, led by Kole Weldon who won the event with a toss of 56' 5.25". Weldon was followed by freshman teammate Killian Barry who finished third with a toss of 54' 1.75". Weldon's toss was a season-best, and marked his first win of the season.
To conclude the action on the men's side, freshman high jumper Jacorian Duffield had the best performance of his young career by clearing the bar at 7'-1.50" to set an indoor personal best.
Tech also had an impressive showing in the women's 800 meter run, grabbing two of the top three spots in the race. Junior Caitlin Waters won the race with a time of 2:17.02, while teammate, sophomore Rachel Folan, followed in third place with a time of 2:19.81.
"It was a good effort by both of them," assistant coach Jon Murray said. "They went in there and competed well, and I thought it was a very successful run."
The Texas Tech track and field team will return to action next weekend when the squad sends athletes to both the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., as well as the UNM Don Kirby Collegiate Elite in Albuquerque, N.M.