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Kevin Chelimo Earns Trip to Nationals in the 3000M

Kevin Chelimo
Kevin Chelimo

Feb. 11, 2006

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Fayetteville, Ark. - Texas Tech track and field completed competition at the Tyson Invitational, in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. The Red Raiders captured one school record, seven NCAA qualifying marks and eight personal bests on day two at the University of Arkansas.

In the 5000M, Irene Kimaiyo and Violet Chemakwila both posted NCAA provisional qualifying times and personal bests. Kimaiyo finished in fifth place with a clocking of 16:36.75 and Chemakwila was right behind her in sixth place with her time of 16:36.89.

In the men's 3000M, Kevin Chelimo clocked and NCAA automatic time of 7:54.92 with a fourth-place finish. Chelimo set a new personal best and a school record. He replaces the previous school record of 8:06.16, set by Michael Njenga on Feb. 28, 1998.

In the men's triple jump, Bobby Evers took first place with a leap of 49'-1.75", the second-best mark of his indoor career. Jansen Hyde finished in eighth in the event with a new collegiate best of 47'-7".

In the women's pole vault, Lindsey Walesheck set a set personal best with her clearance of 12'-6.5". She finished in a tie for second and was a top finisher among conference competitors.

In the men's pole vault, Bobby Most placed third with a clearance of 17'-1" (NCAA provisional), Sage Thames cleared the same height, good for a fourth-place finish and Chris Ashcraft finished seventh with a height of 16'-7.25".



In the women's high jump, Misty Coley finished sixth with a clearance of 5'-10.75", her second NCAA provisional mark of the season, and Lacy Wilson finished in seventh place with a clearance of 5'-8.75".

In the women's 800M, Althea Chambers clocked a new personal best of 2:08.72, an NCAA provisional qualifying time and finished in sixth place.

For complete results of the 2006 Tyson Invitational, visit

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