Red Raiders Finish UTEP Invitational with Six First-Place Finishes
April 14, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - In sunny conditions with varying winds, the Texas Tech Red Raiders finished the UTEP Invitational with 19 top three finishes and nine regional marks. Tech had six individuals place first, including Lacy Wilson, D'Andra Carter, Sandra Iwunze, Brandon Washington, Jansen Hyde, Waylon Randolph.
Tech finished with two new additions to the qualifiers for the NCAA Midwest Regional, including freshman Justin Turner who met the mark in the men's high jump. Turner cleared a personal best mark of 6'-10.75" to finish fifth. Senior Chris Ashcraft also regionally-qualified as he cleared 16'-6.75" in the men's pole vault to finish seventh.
Senior Wilson took the title in the women's high jump after clearing a height of 5'-10". The height is Wilson's third regional qualification of the outdoor season. Also in first was Carter in the women's discus. The sophomore Red Raider threw a distance of 170'-0" marking her fourth qualifying throw of the year. For the men, freshman Randolph titled the men's long jump with a personal best jump of 23'-6.75".
In running events, Iwunze finished first in the 400M hurdle field of 10 competitors with a run of 1:00.61. On the men's side, freshman Brandon Washington ran a time of 46.46 in the 400M sprint, marking a new personal best. The time moves Washington to 14th in the nation and keeps him as the fastest freshman. Hyde took the 400M hurdle title with a run of 53.19, while Nathan Lowry finished in second with a personal best of 53.43.
For the women, numerous others finished in the top three of their respective events. Ozie Okolie placed third in the discus throw with a throw of 168'-10". Kelley Schulz cleared a regional mark of 12'-5.5" in the women's pole vault to finish third. In the women's shot put, Patience Knight placed third with a throw of 44'-8.75".
Sequoia McKinney ran a personal best time of 2:19.72 in the women's 800M to place third. Tori Smith and Julianne Kennedy finished two-three in the women's 100M hurdles with marks of 14.27 and 14.37, respectively. Running against teammate Iwunze, Jasmine Flourney raced to a personal best time of 1:03.12 in the 400M hurdles, finishing third.
In the men's 110M hurdles, Red Raiders finished with another two-three finish as Lowry ran a time of 14.40 while Hyde clocked a time of 14.41. In distance events, freshman Cory Higgins ran a personal best in the 1500M with a time of 4:03.73 to finish third, while John Means also placed third in the men's 2000M SC with a run of 6:28.89.
In men's field events, Seth Harris finished among the top three in the pole vault. The senior All-American cleared a height of 17'-0.75" to finish third. The mark ties his top mark of the season, which he also cleared at the Texas Relays.
The Red Raiders will next compete at the TCU Invitational on April 21st in Ft. Worth, Texas. For complete coverage, please visit www.texastech.com.