Tech Sets Numerous Personal Records at Tyson Invite

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Feb. 11, 2011

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Behind numerous personal personal-best performances, the No. 4 Red Raiders and No. 18 Lady Raiders shined on the first day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Tech hurdle crew had a strong day in the 60M hurdles. Two of the Lady Raiders advanced to the semi-final round and set personal-best times. Kelsey Lloyd ran a 7.45 in the semi-finals and Katie Grimes ran a 7.48 in the consolation final.

The Red Raiders advanced two to the final after putting four in the semi-finals in the 60M hurdles. Three of the four continued Tech's theme of personal-best times. Jamele Mason ran his fastest time in the preliminaries with a 7.83. Mason placed eighth in the finals. Brandon Tucker's career-high time came in the consolation final with a 7.84.

Shane Brathwaite ran his career-best time in the semi-finals with a 7.93. Bryce Brown was the top finisher as he placed sixth in the final. Brown's fastest time of 7.87 came in the semi-finals.

Caroline Karunde ran her career-best time of 4:40.43 in the mile and placed second in the invitational section. The time puts her into the top 10 of the NCAA.

Shade Weygandt cleared 4.25M/13'-11.25" to finish second in the women's pole vault invitational. The collegiate leader, Tina Sutej of Arkansas, won the event.

Bryce Lamb on his first jumped went 7.77M/25'-6.25" in the long jump and placed sixth in the event overall.

The personal-best times kept rolling throughout the meet for Texas Tech. Terra Evans, the only to advance out of preliminaries in the 60M, ran a 7.37. The 7.37 is a new school record in the 60M.

Erica Alexander was one spot out of making it to the semi-finals in 25th with her personal best of 7.44. Tara Thomas ran her career best of 7.47 for 30th.

Markus Henderson ran his personal best of 7.83 to advance to the semi-finals in the 60M but pulled out to focus on the 200M tomorrow.

In the women's 800M invitational section two Lady Raiders run season-best times. Caroline Jepleting ran a strong 2:08.40 to finish in seventh while teammate Purity Biwott finished in 2:09.71 in ninth.

Jessie Gibbs finished ninth in the college section of the women's pole vault by clearing 3.60M/11'-9.75".

Winrose Taniu was 24th with a 16:28.42 and Rose Tanui ran a 16:30.98 to place 27th at the Washington Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

Tech will start competing at 12 p.m. at the Tyson Invitational with the men's pole vault.




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