Nickle, Tech Distance Runners Shine on West Coast

Sharlene Nicke's time of 10:18.92 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase marked the best by a Lady Raider since 2010.

April 4, 2014

San Francisco State Distance Carnival Results   |   Stanford Invitational Results
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LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior Lady Raider Sharlene Nickle highlighted a successful showing by the Texas Tech distance crew at both the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational Friday.

Nickle, running at the highly-competitive Stanford Invitational, clocked a new outdoor collegiate-best time of 10:18.92 to finish sixth in her section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The performance marked the best by a Lady Raider in the event since 2010, and the ninth-fastest time in school history.

"It's always great when you start the season with a personal-best," Texas Tech distance coach Jon Murray said. "She did a good job and handled the competition well, and hopefully it will lead to even better results in the future."

In all, four of the eight athletes who made the trip west clocked career-best times in their competition as many of the top distance runners in the nation appeared in both meets. 

"We came down here for competition and for the weather," Murray said. "We were able to get both of those, and the athletes responded well."

Senior Red Raider Brendan Devlin opened the day with a strong performance in the men's 10,000-meter run at San Francisco State where he improved upon his previous career-best by more than a minute finishing in 31:30.54. 

Later in the meet, freshman Lady Raider Jocelyn Caro finished sixth overall in the women's 5,000-meter run with an impressive time of 16:45.56 - besting her personal-best from Socorro High School by more than two minutes. Caro's time marked the best by a Lady Raider in the 5,000-meter run since 2010. 

She was followed by teammate Madeline Livergood who finished with a new outdoor collegiate-best time of 18:30.70.

Lady Raider McKenzie Archer followed in the women's section of the 1,500-meter run where she crossed the finish line in 4:43.05.

In the men's section of the 5,000-meter run at San Francisco State, Jonathon Lira clocked a new collegiate-best of 15:08.90. He was followed by teammate Seraiah Pineda who crossed in 15:26.93.

McKenzie Archer finished 26th in the women's 1,500-meter run at San Francisco State finishing in 4:43.05, while teammate Chelsea Scott finished 26th in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:08.64.

Texas Tech hosts its first home outdoor meet of the season Saturday at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex. Field events begin at 10:30 a.m. while running events begin a 3 p.m. 




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