Tech Men Win Two Titles on Final Day of Big 12's|
Feb. 26, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 17 Lady Raiders and No. 18 Red Raiders placed fourth and fifth, respectively, while the Red Raiders won two individual titles on the final day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships held at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
The Lady Raiders scored 90 points in the team race to finish in fourth. Nebraska won with 115.50 points.
"We had some really good things happen today on the women's side," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "Katie (Grimes) broke the school record and Ifeatu (Okafor) had a tremendous throw to put her in the national meet. The distance women doubled and tripled and fought hard the entire meet. We scored 91 points and finished fourth and we have never scored that many points and finished fourth. I thought it was a good day for the women."
The Red Raiders placed fifth with 57.50 points. Texas A&M won the men's team title with 134 points.
"It was really good to see Gil run his race and move his stock up in the 400M," said Kittley. "It was great to see Darrell compete and win the triple jump and nice to see three titles on the men's side. We were a little injured and we didn't have enough to finish. We had some strong marks though and will continue working for nationals. "
Darrell Roddick kept the triple jump Big 12 title at Tech. The senior automatically qualified in the triple jump for the NCAA Championships with his winning jump of 16.23M/53'-3". It moves him up to No. 6 on the NCAA list.
"I feel like I've been chasing this for like five years," Roddick said after the meet. "I was waiting on Texas A&M but after they went, I felt like the title was in the bag. I was confident after my second jump but my ankle was kind of tweaked so I kept passing."
Gil Roberts won his second Big 12 Indoor title in the 400M. The senior ran a season-best time of 46.39 and gutted out the last 50M to take the race. He is the third Big 12 student-athlete to win the 400M title twice.
"It feels amazing to be a Big 12 champion," Roberts said. "It's been a rough season for me this year plus the injury last year. I just gave it all I had the last 50 meters."
Katie Grimes set a school record in the women's 60M hurdles. Grimes ran a 7.38 to place fourth. The previous record was held by Sue Slutz and was set in 1981. The men's hurdle crew picked up big points for the team race. Jamele Mason ran a 7.85 to place fourth with teammate Brandon Tucker in fifth with a 7.93. Bryce Brown finished in seventh running a 7.97.
Ifeatu Okafor set a new personal best in the women's shot put and picked up six big points. Okafor threw 17.10M/56'-1.25" on her first attempt and held on for third place. The mark automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The women's distance crew racked up points throughout the meet. Caroline Karunde fell just short of defending her title running a 4:44.54 in the women's mile and finishing second. Caroline Jepleting ran a 4:48.97 to finish in fifth.
Jepleting turned around a couple of hours later and ran a 2:10.45 to place third in the 800M. Purity Biwott crossed the line in 2:11.30 for seventh.
Sophomore Shade Weygandt just missed defending her title from a season ago. Weygandt cleared 4.22M/13'-10" and finished second to Nebraska's Natalie Willer.
Devin Bailey was close to setting the school record in the 1000M for the second-straight race. Bailey ran a 2:49.29 to place fourth. She set the school record last night at 2:48.46.
The Red Raiders had two score in the high jump. Roddick placed fourth by clearing 2.11M/6'-11" while Nick Tam cleared a personal best of 2.06M/6'-9".
Terra Evans ran a 54.34 in the 400M to cross the line in seventh place. Evans was All-Big 12 last season in the outdoor 400M.
Meshawn Graham placed eighth in the women's 600Y with a time of 1:26.30 for the second-straight year.
The men's 4x400M relay of Mason, Roberts, Shane Brathwaite and Brown ran a season-best time of 3:08.46 to place third. The time puts them fifth in the NCAA for the season.