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Kissorio Runs Personal-Best as Tech Opens at Mt. SAC Relays

Ezekiel Kissorio finished second overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-best 8:54.92.


April 18, 2013

WALNUT, Calif. - Texas Tech junior distance runner Ezekiel Kissorio turned in an impressive performance Thursday afternoon in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as Texas Tech opened competition at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.

Kissorio ran a personal-best 8:54.92 to finish second overall in the open `A' division, and leap into the top-20 nationally in the event. The race marked his 2013 outdoor debut in the event, as Kissorio bettered his 2012 season-best by four seconds. 

"It is a great way for Ezekiel to start the steeplechase this year with a personal-best," head cross country coach Jon Murray said. "There were several personal-bests in the group today. This was a good step towards the Big 12 meet."

Two Lady Raiders also recorded personal-bests in the women's 1,500-meter run to open the day as newcomer Sharlene Nickle led the pack finishing with a time of 4:36.23. She was followed by senior Rachel Folan with a season-best time of 4:38.78, and freshman McKenzie Archer with a personal-best time of 4:39.64.

Texas Tech freshman and Big 12 Indoor 800-meter Champion Nick Rivera also recorded a personal-best in the men's 1,500-meter run crossing the finish line with a time of 3:50.35.

Texas Tech resumes action at the Mt. SAC Relays tomorrow with field events beginning at 10 a.m. followed by running events at 10:15.



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