Tech Wins Four Titles at Mt. SAC Relays
April 16, 2011
WALNUT, Calif. - The No. 3 Red Raiders and No. 15 Lady Raiders had its best meet of the season at the Mt. SAC Relays held in Walnut, Calif., as the program won four titles and saw numerous personal-best marks.
"I don't remember a time in a meet of this magnitude where I felt that we have done ever better as a team," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "I am really pleased overall with the performances and when you look down the line everybody on this team accomplished goals and competed extremely well."
The Red Raiders received a big time performance from Bryce Brown. The All-American from a season ago, took back his school record in the 400M hurdles. Brown ran a 49.25 to win the 400M hurdle men's invitational elite section. Not only does his time set a school record but ranks him No. 1 in both the NCAA and the U.S.
The good performances kept coming in the 400M with Gil Roberts and Taylor Evans. Roberts in his first 400M of the season ran a 45.29 to win the men's invitational elite section. His 45.29 is U.S. leader and No. 2 on the NCAA list this season.
Taylor Evans ran a season best of 53.06. Her second place time is the second-fastest time of her career and puts her into the top 10 of the NCAA.
After fouling in three attempts last week at Texas Relays, Bryce Lamb made sure to get his mark on his first attempt in the long jump. Lamb leaped 26'-6.25" (8.08M) to win the event on his first jump. The mark is third on the NCAA list and the current U.S. leader.
The Tech hurdle crew continued winning in the 110M hurdles. Omo Osaghae ran a wind-aided 13.27 to win the men's invitational elite section. Osaghae pulled away half way through the race to take his fourth title of the season.
The men's 4x400M relay ran a new lineup this week and it produced. The lineup of Latoy Williams, Shande Brathwaite, Roberts and Mason ran a season-best time of 3:04.66 crossing in third. The time puts them at No. 5 in the NCAA.
Right after the men's 4x400M relay the women took to the track and ran a very impressive time. Meshawn Graham, Taylor Evans, Candace Jackson and Kelsey Lloyd ran a season best of 3:33.36 also placing third and moved into the top 10 in the NCAA.
Shade Weygandt finished in fourth in the women's pole vault invitational by clearing 14'-2" (4.32M). Weygandt was the top collegian in the event with her clearance.
Julian Wruck was the top collegian in the men's invitational elite discus throw. The NCAA leader threw 198'-3" (60.42M) to place fourth.
Brandon Tucker went 13.70 in the men's 110M hurdles Olympic Development. It is the second-fastest of the season for Tucker.
Lloyd ran a 13.44 in the women's 100M hurdles Olympic Development to place fifth. Katie Grimes was eighth in the same race with a 13.86.
Terra Evans started the day off running the 100M in the invitational elite section. Evans ran an 11.46 into a negative wind and placed fifth. Erica Alexander crossed the line in an 11.56 in the Olympic Development heat and finished in fourth.
Jackson ran in the 200M Olympic Development section and placed second with a 23.35.
Kelly Closse threw a season best in the women's shot put with her mark of 54'-5.50" (16.60M). The throw puts Closse into the top 15 in the NCAA.
Ifeatu Okafor threw 52'-4.75" (15.97M) in the shot put placing ninth and then turned around and threw 163'-8" (49.89M) in the discus.