Tech Relay Teams Record Season-Best Times at Big 12 Indoors

Both men's and women's relay teams improved on their season-best times at the Big 12 Indoor Championships

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Feb. 25, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas Tech completed competition at the 2012 Big 12 Indoor Championships Saturday afternoon at the McFerrin Athletic Center.

The No. 12 Lady Raiders garnered a sixth-place finish in the meet with 63 total points, while the men's team finished seventh overall with 48 points.

Both the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams recorded season-best times to conclude the meet. The Red Raider 4x400 squad, comprised of Isaiah Gill, Shane Brathwaite, Markus Henderson and Jamele Mason, finished in third with a time of 3:08.86. The Lady Raider 4x400 squad comprised of Taylor Evans, Candace Jackson, Erica Alexander and Olivia Lewis, meanwhile finished in fourth with a time of 3:34.63 - less than a second off of the NCAA Automatic qualifying time.

"We were running with the Top 3 teams in the country, and our girls competed tremendously today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We got up there and fought from the beginning to the end, and I can't ask for anything more than that."

Senior Precious Nowkey proved to be an asset to the Lady Raiders throughout the weekend garnering a total of 15 points and placing in three separate events. Nwokey grabbed a second-place finish in the women's pentathlon and a fourth-place finish in the long jump both on Friday night. She then placed seventh in the 60 meter hurdles Saturday.

With 15 points Nwokey tied for sixth among women's individual scorers.

"Precious gave us everything she had," Kittley said. "She just did a fabulous job."

Katie Grimes, who entered the meet ranked second in the Big 12 and eighth in the NCAA in the 60 meter hurdles, finished third with a time of 8.24, her third-best time of the season. Grimes' best time of the season came at the UNM Don Kirby Collegiate Elite two weeks ago when she ran an 8.20.

Following Grimes in the 60 meter hurdles were teammates Nwokey, who finished in seventh with a time of 8.92, and senior Roxy Greve who finished in ninth with a time of 9.05.

Brathwaite also garnered a third-place finish in the men's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.87 while teammate Jamele Mason followed in seventh-place with a time of 8.07.

Highlighting the men's individual competition was sophomore Kole Weldon who threw a personal-best 17.59 meters (57'-8.50") in the shot put to place sixth.

"He is just continues to improve," Kittley said. "Our conference is one of the toughest in the shot put there is, and he got in there and competed hard."

Prior to running with the men's 4x400 relay team, Gill finished fourth in the men's 400 meter with a time of 47.30 - a seasonal-best.

"I feel like he had a breakthrough," Kittley said. "He was aggressive, and I was real proud of him."

Senior Kelly Closse, who won a Big 12 championship in the weight thrown competition Friday night, finished ninth in the shot put Saturday with a toss of 14.82 meters (48' - 7.50").

In her first Big 12 Indoor Championship meet of her career, freshman Avril McGhee grabbed a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 12.05 meters. Meanwhile, teammate Devin Bailey recorded a fourth-place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:08.74.

In his first meet since the season-opener on Jan. 13, freshman Michael Menefield turned in an impressive performance finishing in fourth-place in the men's triple jump with a mark of 14.89 meters (48'-10.25"). On Friday, Menefield finished fourth in the men's long jump with a mark of 7.28 meters.

Menefield combined to score 10 points throughout the weekend.

"He just came out here and was tough and got in there and competed," Kittley said. "He's a competitor and I was real proud of Mike."

Senior Nick Green completed competition in the men's heptathlon Saturday, finishing in ninth place with 4,998 points, a season best by over 900 points.

Jackson also placed fourth in the women's 400 meter dash with a time of 53.85.

The track and field team will compete in last chance meets next weekend before competing in the NCAA Indoor Nationals in Boise, Idaho.




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