Texas Tech Men Earn Best Finish In School History|
2013 NCAA Indoor Triple Jump Champion Bryce Lamb
March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILE, Ark - Led by senior Bryce Lamb's national title in the triple jump on Saturday, the Texas Tech men's team track and field team earned a fifth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The fifth place finish is the highest in school history and the squad will return to Lubbock with a pair of individual national titles.
The Red Raiders earned a total of 28 points during the two days of competition, just shy of the fourth place spot at the 2013 NCAA Indoor championships. Also, Texas Tech had the best finish in the Big 12 Conference.
Texas Tech senior Bryce Lamb went into the meet focused and eager to win a national title in the triple jump. The Texas Tech senior capped off his indoor season as the national champion in the triple jump with a mark of 16.96-meters (55'-07.75'') on his first attempt. Lamb broke his own school record in the event of which he currently holds three of the top five marks overall at Texas Tech. Lamb also owns the Texas Tech indoor school record in the long jump event.
"I've been chasing this title for so long and it's a relief to have won." Lamb said after the win. " This win is very exciting and fulfilling after competing for three years. Becoming the national champion makes me more hungry and eager to get ready for the outdoor season."
Lady Raider Katie Grimes finished sixth overall in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20 seconds. Grimes is currently the top female hurdler in school history owning the school records in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, and the 100-meter hurdles. The Texas Tech senior broke her own school record in Day 1 of competition with a time of 8.15 seconds.
"It was a good season" Grimes said after the race. "I definitely broke out of the rut I was in last year not being able to get below 8.20 and I definitely did that this season. I gained a lot of confidence this season and I'm looking forward to improving in the outdoor season."
The women's 4x400-meter relay finished seventh overall in competition with a time of 3:34.23. The relay squad consisted of Amoy Blake, Cierra White, Christen Rivers, and Candace Jackson. The top eight finish earned the Lady Raiders first team All-America honors.
Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley was extremely proud of what his team accomplished in the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships.
"It was a great weekend for us. I'm so proud of Kennedy and what he's accomplished" Kittley said after the meet. "Bryce came through for us today and he showed what a tremendous athlete he is. Kole placing second in the men's shot put was great to watch. I couldn't be more proud of our men. Katie Grimes also had a great day finishing sixth in the nation. I couldn't be more proud of what this Texas Tech team has accomplished."
As the competition comes to a close, Texas Tech walks away with two national championships under its belt. All eight competing Texas Tech athletes had personal bests at the 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championships. Each of the eight athletes also received first team All-America honors for their performances.