Track Finishes Weekend with 20 Regional Marks
March 29, 2008
EL PASO, Texas - Texas Tech track and field had a successful weekend as 20 student-athlete's qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships. School records in the women's shot put and hammer throw were broken during the weekend.
Ozie Okolie broke her own school record in the hammer throw winning the event with a NCAA regional mark and personal best throw of 203'10".
Patience Knight threw a school record, NCAA regional and personal best mark of 53'4.25" in the shot put. Knight now owns the indoor and outdoor shot put records. Harrison Benjamin won the shot put for the men with a NCAA regional qualifying distance of 55'-11.25". Tyler Menges earned second with a throw of 54'-9.25".
The women's 4x100M relay team of Janell Appelhans, Jonisha Boleware, Keshima Starks and Erica Worthy won with a time of 46.36. The A 4x100M relay of Julius Walker, Gil Roberts, Jansen Hyde and Skye Green won the event with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 39.30. The B team of Bill Lawhorn, Brandon Anderson, Omo Osaghae and Wouter Le Roux finished third with a time of 40.74.
Sandra Iwunze earned second place in the 110M hurdles with a time of 14.00 and Julianne Kennedy finished fourth with a 14.13. The men finished with four runners in the top six of the 110M hurdles. Shawon Harris and Jansen Hyde finished first and second as both ran NCAA regional times of 13.80 and 14.13 respectively. Finishing fifth was Omo Osaghae with a time of 14.41 and Nathan Lowry ran a 14.52 to finish sixth.
Julius Walker won the 100M with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 10.34. The Red Raiders swept the 400M hurdles as Sandra Iwunze won the women's with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 1:00.06. Jasmine Flournoy finished third with a time of 1:03.44. The men finished with four athletes in the top seven. Shawon Harris and Wouter Le Roux finished first and second as both ran NCAA regional qualifying times of 51.70 and 51.73 respectively. Jansen Hyde finished fourth with a time of 53.79 and Zach Plinario was seventh with a 56.19.
Shannon Jackson finished third in the 800M with a time of 2:15.00. The men had Jake Szot finish fourth in the 1500M with a time of 4:16.07. Julianne Kennedy and Kelsey Lloyd both cleared 5'-7" in the high jump to finish third and fourth. Clearing 6'-10.75 to place third was Justin Turner for the men.
The women discus throwers had a strong showing as all three throwers placed in the top six. D'Andra Carter won with a NCAA regional mark of 176'-02". Patience Knight placed fourth with her second NCAA regional mark of the day, throwing 167'-10" and Ozie Okolie finished fifth with a throw of 147'-02". The men had Brett McDaniel finish fourth with a throw of 167'-01" and Tyler Menges finish sixth with a mark of 152''-02".
The pole vaulters had Brian Porter won the men's vault clearing a NCAA regional mark of 16'-10.75". Kelly Wilson placed third clearing a height of 16'-.75" and Chuck Zavala cleared a personal best height of 13'-1.50". Kelley Schulz finish third clearing a height of 12'-3.50" and Jessie Gibbs placed fifth clearing 11'-3.75".
Anthony Flemons recorded his second NCAA regional mark of the day by jumping 50'-11.50" to finish fourth in the triple jump.
The distance group that ran at the Victor Lopez Rice Bayou Classic came home with two regional marks. Irene Kimaiyo running the 3K steeple chase for the first time in her career won the event with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 10:26.62. Gilbert Limo ran the other NCAA regional qualifying mark in the 3K steeple chase winning the event with a time of 8:59.46.
Edwin Sang placed third in the 1500M with a time of 3:51.89. Cory Higgins and Logan Culotta also ran the 1500M finishing ninth and 19th with times of 3:58.06 and 4:02.29 respectively. Gladys Kipsang ran a personal best time of 4:30.79 in the 1500M to finish fifth. Asia Diaz and Chep Boit ran times of 4:38.04 and 4:42.72 to finish ninth and 13th.
Tech will be traveling to the prestigious Texas Relays next week. For final results of the UTEP Springtime Invitational, please log onto www.texastech.com.
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