THREE TITLES FOR TECH AT BIG 12 INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS|
Feb. 27, 2010
AMES, Iowa - After the first day of competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, Tech has three conference titles highlighted by Bryce Lamb's long jump title and the Lady Raiders lead the women's race with 48.50 points.
Lamb may have turned in the most impressive performance of the Big 12 Indoor Championships in the long jump. The freshman not only won Tech's first long jump Big 12 title but now has the third-best mark in the world this year.
After leading going into the finals on his final jump of the competition, Lamb left no doubt with a jump of 8.14M (26'-8.50"). The mark is a new personal best, school record and Big 12 meet record for the freshman. He is the collegiate leader in the event and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The first title of the day came from freshman Shade Weygandt. It took a record-setting day for Weygandt to beat the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Champion, Natalie Willer of Nebraska. Weygandt won with a new personal best, school record and Big 12 meet record jump of 4.33M (14'-2.50"). It is the first title for Tech in the women's pole vault and puts Weygandt fourth on the NCAA descending order list.
The women's distance medley relay successfully defended its Big 12 title winning the race by seven seconds. Gladys Kipsang, Purity Biwott and Caroline Karunde ran an NCAA provisional time of 11:16.53. Tech has won three of the last four women's distance medley relays in the Big 12.
The women received valuable points from junior Kelsey Lloyd in the pentathlon. She finished in third with 3,889 points. She had the best time in the 60M hurdles with an 8.63 and tied for the best mark in the high jump at 1.73 (5'-8"). She threw a personal-best mark of 10.49M (34'-5") in the shot put and jumped 5.49M (18'-00.25") in the long jump. Lloyd ran the 800M in a time of 2:25.50.
The prelims were highlighted by defending Big 12 60M hurdle champion Omo Osaghae. He ran the fastest time in the NCAA this season in the prelims with a 7.65 and set a new Big 12 meet record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the process.
Ozie Okolie earned all-conference honors for her second place finish in the weight throw. The senior threw 18.85M (61'-10.25"). She has earned All-Big 12 honors in the weight throw for the last three seasons.
Senior Amanda Allley was named All-Big 12 in the pole vault tying for third place. She cleared 3.88M (12'-8.75") and scored a valuable 5.50 points.
Two Lady Raiders placed in the women's 5000M gaining nine points. Lillian Badaru ran a NCAA provisional16:30.53 and Winrose Karunde ran a NCAA provisional 16:31.32 to finish in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The Red Raiders earned some points from Darrell Roddick in the long jump and Brian Porter in the pole vault. Roddick jumped 24'-7.25" to place sixth while Porter cleared 5.02M (16'-5.50") to finish in fifth.
Chuck Zavala is in seventh place after four events in the heptathlon. He scored 2,993 points in the 60M hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put. He ran a 7.34 in the 60M hurdles and cleared 1.95M (6'-4.75") in the high jump. His best long jump was 6.63M (21'-9") and he threw 14.24M (46'-8.75") in the shot put.
The Lady Raiders had eight qualify for the finals in various events tomorrow. The first was Terra Evans who ran a NCAA provisional time of 7.41 in the prelims to place fourth. Evans also will run in the finals of the 200M after turning in a 23.97.
Meshawn Graham will run the 600Y as she ran a 1:23.12 to advance to the finals. Trudeann Clarke and Erica Alexander both made finals for the 400M. Clarke ran a 55.55.61 while Alexander ran a 55.88 in the prelims.
The distance group has Biwott running the 800 and mile tomorrow in the finals. C. Karunde has the second-fastest mile time while Kipsang has the fastest in the 1000M.
The Red Raiders qualified nine for the finals. Osaghae was one in the 60M hurdles and his teammate Jansen Hyde qualified as well after running a NCAA provisional 7.82 to make the finals.
Latoy Williams, who came in with the fastest 600Y time in the Big 12, will chase his first conference title. He ran a 1:11.05 and sits fifth after the prelims.
Markus Henderson will be pulling double duty as he qualified in both the 60M and 200M. He ran a 6.83 in the 60 and a 21.29 in the 200M.
The Lady Raiders lead the women's race with 48.50 points while Nebraska is close behind at 47.50. Last year's defending champs Texas A&M is in sixth with 13.50 points. The men's race has the Red Raiders in fourth place with 21.50. Nebraska is leading with 48 points with Oklahoma is second scoring 27 points. Texas is in third at 25 points.
The second day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships will begin at 11 a.m. Follow results at www.big12sports.com and live updates from Twitter by following techathletics.
Texas Tech Results (@ - NCAA Automatic, ! - NCAA Provisional, *School Record)
Women's Weight Throw
Women's 60M Hurdles
Women's Long Jump