Red Raider Distance Medley Relay Breaks School Record
The Red Raider distance medley relay broke its own school record Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.
Feb. 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Texas Tech track and field program wrapped up competition today at the Tyson Invitational inside the Randal Tyson Track Center.
The men's distance medley relay broke the Texas Tech school record with a time of 9:40.71. The relay team consisted of Ezekiel Kissorio, Nick Rivera, Joseph Richards III, and Kennedy Kithuka. Kithuka ran the mile anchor leg in an even four minutes.
Tech broke a total of three school records over the weekend as Katie Grimes and Kennedy Kithuka opened the meet with record-breaking performances of their own. Grimes broke her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles while Kithuka broke a six-year-old school record in the 5000-meter run.
"It was a great finish to a very positive weekend of performances," Texas Tech Head Cross Country Coach Jon Murray said of the Red Raider DMR. "I was very proud of the way each leg of the relay competed."
In his 2013 debut, senior Bryce Lamb finished fourth overall in the men's triple jump to close out the full weekend of competition with a leap of 16.26-meters (53.4.25). The jump propelled Lamb into strong contention for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship. Lamb, a three time All-American, earned first team honors in the long jump during the 2012 indoor season.
"It was great to see Bryce jump again," Texas Tech Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "It was a strong performance and should put him in a great position for nationals."
In the men's pole vault, Kyle Meyers recorded a personal best clearing a bar of 5.41-meters (17'-9'') on his third attempt to finish fourth overall. The mark gave Meyers, a returning All-American, his 10th career clearance of over 17-feet indoors. With the clearance, Meyers moves into the top-ten of the indoor national rankings.
Meanwhile, on his first attempt, Kole Weldon's throw of 18.33-meters marked the third best in school history in the men's shot put. Weldon finished fifth overall and currently holds the school record in the shot put with a mark of 18.90-meters, which he set earlier in this season.
In the relay events, the Lady Raider 4x400 relay finished in sixth place with a season best time of 3:35.44. Meanwhile in the sprints, Texas Tech sophomore Cierra White finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a season best time of 23:78.
In the college division of the men's pole vault, Freshman Kyle Thompson cleared the bar at 4.96-meters (16'-3.25") finishing fifth overall in the pole vault. Thompson set a career best for the second week in a row.
Red Raider sophomore , Jacorian Duffield, cleared a bar of 2.17-meters (7'-1.50'') to finish third in the high jump. The jump was the second best of the season.
Also in the relays, the men's 4x400 squad finished third in the college division with a time of 3:11.40. The time marked their second best performance of the season.
The Red Raiders and Lady Raider's will now look towards the Big I2 Indoor Championships set for Feb. 22-23 in Ames, Iowa.