Tech Opens Outdoor Season with Strong Performance
March 18, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track teams opened its outdoor season with a strong performance as two school records were set after running at the TCU Invitational in Ft. Worth, Texas.
"I was really pleased," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We had a beautiful day and great weather. The team came in relaxed and ready to compete and in turn we had some really good things happen today."
Omo Osaghae put his name at the top of the 110M hurdles rather quickly. In his first race of the season, the senior set a school record running a 13.49 to win the event. It is the fastest time ran this season in the NCAA. Teammate Brandon Tucker ran a personal-best time of 13.68 to place second in the race and Shane Brathwaite ran a 13.93 for third.
The Lady Raiders had Kelsey Lloyd set the 100M hurdle school record and ran a new personal best in her first race. The senior ran a 13.25 to win the race while teammate Katie Grimes was second in a 13.51.
Bryce Brown and Jamele Mason finished the 400M hurdles in first and second with two of the fastest time ran this season. Brown won with a 49.76 while Mason crossed the line in 50.26. Both times are currently the top two in the NCAA.
Julian Wruck won the discus with a throw of 197'-2" (60.10M) and has the best throw in the NCAA this season. Wruck's mark is the second-best throw of his career at Tech. On the women's side Kelly Closse threw the disc 152'-7" (46.52M) to finish in second.
Latoy Williams won the men's 400M with a 46.78. Taylor Evans was the top collegian in the women's race with a 54.51 but was second overall.
Tara Thomas ran a wind-aided 11.70 in the women's 100M and placed third. In the 200M, Candace Jackson ran a 23.39 to place third and Taylor Evans ran fifth with a 23.53. Gil Roberts was seventh overall, but the second collegian with his 21.11.
The women's 4x100M relay of Tara Thomas, Terra Evans, Candace Jackson and Erica Alexander ran a 44.36 to win the relay. The 4x400M relay followed later in the day as Jackson, Alexander, Terra Evans and Taylor Evans won the race with a 3:38.13.