Texas Tech Completes First Full Day at Texas Relays
April 6, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas - In front of 12,000 spectators and through fluctuating conditions, a number of Red Raiders finished with favorable marks at the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Altogether eight Texas Tech members finished Friday's events with regional qualifications with four meeting the mark for the first time during the 2007 outdoor season.
During the morning's preliminary heats of running events, senior Marlon Odom advanced to the finals of the men's 110M hurdles after running the field's fastest mark of 13.84. During the event, Tech added both Jansen Hyde and Nathan Lowry to the list of qualifiers for the NCAA Midwest Regional as both finished with a run of 14.24. The time missed advancing the two sophomore Red Raiders to the finals but finished as personal best marks.
In relay preliminaries, the women took part in the 4x100M and 4x400M, clocking their fastest time this season in the 1600M relay. The team of Louise Cox, Tori Polk, Keshima Starks and Sandra Iwunze finished in 3:43.28 but failed to make the finals. In the 4x100M, Iwunze, Cox, Erica Worthy and Polk ran a mark of 46.90 to finish third in their heat, also missing the finals.
During the day's field events, four Red Raiders finished with regional marks, including a strong showing by pole vaulter Kelley Schulz, current school record holder. The junior from Wisconsin placed second and earned her first regional mark of the year with a clearance of 12'-11.5", her best height since the 2005 season. Lacy Wilson finished third in the women's high jump after clearing 6'-0", her first at the height this season and 1.25 inches from her school record. Earning additional regional qualifications for the season were D'Andra Carter and Bobby Evers. Sophomore Carter finished second in the women's discus after a throw of 174'-9", while junior Evers earned his second mark with a jump of 24'-3", placing seventh.
Ending the night on a high note for Texas Tech was distance runner Katie Leonard in the 3000M steeplechase. The senior from Burkburnett, Texas, earned her first-career regional qualification after clocking a time of 10:48.82. The mark sets Leonard's new personal best, shaving three seconds from her previous PR, and placed her fourth in the event.
Competition continues with the final day of events Saturday, April 7th. Tech's first competitor will be freshman Justin Turner in the men's high jump at 11 a.m. The day will conclude with the men's 4x400M relay at 4:25 p.m. For complete results, please visit www.texastech.com following the conclusion of the meet.