Two School Records Broken at UNM Collegiate Elite|
Katie Grimes continued her record-breaking season Friday at the UNM Don Kirby Collegiate Elite
Friday February 11, 2012
The Texas Tech track and field team continued its stretch of highly-competitive meets by participating in the UNM Don Kirby Collegiate Elite on Friday.
The squad saw a total of 12 athletes improve their season-best marks on the day, along with a season-best mark of 3:35.80 by the women's 4x400 relay team.
"I was really excited that a lot of people got into the hunt again with some of these great teams," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We had a lot of personal bests today and I feel like a lot of people keep improving every week."
Junior Katie Grimes continued her phenomenal 2012 indoor season by yet again improving on her times in the 60 meter hurdles, and again setting a school record. The Canyon, Texas native ran a school record 8.18 in the prelims, a time that currently ranks sixth in the nation. Grimes later ran an 8.20, to finish in third in the finals.
Both were improvements from her record-setting mark of 8.28 at the New Balance Invitational just last week. Grimes now owns each of the top five times in school history in the 60 meter hurdles.
Teammate Roxie Greve ran a qualifying time of 8.85 in the preliminaries and followed with a 8.90 in the finals. The time of 8.85 is a season-best for Greve in the 60 meter hurdles.
Senior All-American weight thrower Kelly Closse broke the school record in the weight throw for the third consecutive week. Closse won the event with a toss of 70'-11.25". The mark is just a .25" off of the top distance in the country.
The squad also completed the first day of action at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tyson Invitational will conclude Saturday.