Tech Collects Six First Place Finishes in Austin

Junior Ezekiel Kissorio broke the school record in the 3,000-meter run Saturday.

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April 13, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas - Six first place finishes highlighted a full day of action Saturday at the Texas Invitational as Texas Tech wrapped up its second visit to the state capital this season.

The single day meet featured a contingent of regional teams along with Big 12 foes Baylor and host school Texas as the No. 14 Red Raiders and No. 14 Lady Raider begin to eye postseason competition. 

"We were looking for consistency today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We had several personal-bests, and I'm proud of the way we competed alongside some great competition and some Big 12 teams."

In a dominant performance under the Mike A. Myers Stadium lights, junior Ezekiel Kissorio continued his strong 2013 outdoor season, breaking the 15-year-old school record in the men's 3,000-meter run. Fresh off a national top-10 performance in the 1,500-meter run just a week ago, Kissorio pulled away from the field late on his way to crossing the finish line with a school record time of 8:20.70 - shattering the previous record of 8:29.03 set by Michael Njenga during the 1998 season.

"It was a great performance tonight," head cross country coach Jon Murray said. "It's a good performance to keep his momentum going as we get further into the season." 

Earlier on the track, Lady Raider sprinter Cierra White also turned in a historic performance, breaking the 23-second barrier in the 200-meter dash for the third time this season. White cruised through a slight headwind towards a first place finish in the event - crossing the finish line with a time of 22.99 seconds.

It marked the fourth-fastest time in school history in the event, just missing her own school record by.08 seconds.   

Texas Tech newcomer Sharlene Nickle turned in an impressive showing winning the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:49.87. Nickle crossed the line seven seconds ahead of second place finisher Samantha Fish of UTSA while her time marks the fastest by a Lady Raider in the event since the 2010 season.

Texas Tech took the top two spots in the women's 100-meter hurdles led by senior school record holder Katie Grimes who finished first overall with a time of 13.22 seconds. She was followed by freshman Le'Tristan Pledger who crossed the line with a time of 13.35 - her career best.  

The Red Raiders also turned in a strong performance in the 400-meter hurdles as newcomers Tramaine Maloney and Dwayne Extol recorded career-best times while Isaiah Gill crossed the line second overall with a time of 51.05 seconds. Extol followed in sixth with a time of 51.98, while Maloney finished eighth with a time of 52.71.

Maloney also finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles earlier in the meet.

Lady Raider newcomer Christen Rivers recorded a new career-best time in the 400-meter dash finishing third overall with a time of 54.20 - the best by a Lady Raider this season.

Texas Tech sophomore Kole Weldon, who entered the meet No. 2 in the country, picked up his third win of the season in the men's shot put with a toss of 18.45-meters (60'-6.50"). Weldon won the event in dominant fashion, besting second place finisher Hayden Baillio of Texas by over two feet. 

In the women's long jump newcomer Le'Tristan Pledger recorded a season-best 6.11-meters (20'-0.50") - her first leap of over 20-feet this season.

Hannah Carson also finished first overall Saturday, continuing her dominant season in the javelin. Carson, who entered with the meet with the No. 6 mark in the country, recorded a toss Saturday of 49.01-meters (160'-9.00").

In the men's javelin throw, Texas Tech junior Casey Felton recorded a new career best with a toss of 49.30-meters (161'-9.00") to finish fifth in the opening field event of the meet.

Meanwhile redshirt freshman Kory Mauritsen also recorded a career-best in the men's 1,500-meter run crossing the line with a time of 4:08.94 to finish 15th overall. Mauritsen improved almost seven full seconds from his previous career-best in the event.

Texas Tech returns to action next week when the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders travel west to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays. 




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