Tech Closes Out Texas Relays
Texas Tech leapt to 14 top-five finishes at the Texas Relays.
March 31, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 4 Red Raiders and No. 9 Lady Raiders wrapped up a successful trip to the annual Texas Relays on Saturday afternoon by capturing a total of 10 top-five finishes.
Overall, Tech brought home a total of 14 top-five finishes throughout the four-day meet.
"I think when you look at the meet and put it all together, I feel like it was a very good performance overall," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I was very pleased of the team as a whole. We had some very outstanding things happen."
On final day of competition, in front of a packed Mike A. Meyers Stadium, the Red Raiders earned a fourth-place finish in the finals of the men's 4x100 relays with a time of 39.23. The performance marked the second-fastest time in school history and the fastest since 1986.
"They kind of do it all," Kittley said of the squad.
Shane Brathwaite also earned a second-place finish in the finals of the men's 110 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.43. The junior qualified for the finals after finishing first in the preliminaries Friday with a time of 13.75. Brathwaite entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the country in the men's 110 meter hurdles.
The women's 4x100 relay team placed fifth overall with a time of 44.64. The Lady Raiders' qualified for the finals after placing fourth in the Friday preliminaries with a time of 44.48.
In a thrilling distance medley relay, the Lady Raiders finished second to LSU by just .01 second in a photo-finish. It marked the first time the Lady Raiders have lost the distance medley title at the Texas Relays since the 2009 season.
The women's 4x400 relay team closed out the meet with a third-place finish and a season-best time of 3:32.36.
Texas Tech found success in the fields events on Saturday as well. Ifeatu Okafor and Kelly Closse finished second and third respectively in the women's shot put. Okafor recorded a mark of 16.66 meters (54'-8.00") while Closse had a toss of 16.52 meters (54'-2.50").
In the women's pole vault, junior Shade Weygandt placed third overall by clearing the bar at 4.35 meters (14'-3.25") to mark a new season-best for the junior. Junior Bryce Lamb recorded his best mark of the outdoor season by placing second in the men's long jump with a leap of 7.94 meters (26'-0.75") on his second attempt.
The Texas Tech track and field team will return to action next weekend at both the LSU Invitational and the Stanford Invitational.