Tech Continues Strong West Coast Showing|
Evans Tuitoek won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays.
April 17, 2014
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Texas Tech track and field program continued its strong west coast showing Thursday as Shanice Stewart and Natalie Thompson capped off career-best performances in the heptathlon while the Tech distance crew opened competition at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Amongst a highly-competitive heptathlon field, Stewart finished the two-day competition with an impressive 5,384 points. The Rialto, Calif. finished 15th overall and seventh among collegians in the event. Her 5,384 points are the third-most in school history, while she moves into second behind All-American Precious Nwokey on the Texas Tech heptathlon list. Teammate Natalie Thompson finished 10th in the Cal Invitational `A' section of the women's heptathlon with 5,008 points - marking a new career-best for the sophomore and her first 5,000+ point effort.
Meanwhile, Evans Tuitoek turned in yet another impressive performance in his first season as a Red Raider. The sophomore won the men's collegiate-B section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in career-best time of 8:57.81. Tuitoek crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of second place finisher Trac Norris of Utah Valley to take home the easy victory.
Tuitoek's has won four of his five races this season, with his only loss coming in a second-place effort behind teammate Kennedy Kithuka in the 1,500-meter run at the Texas Tech Open April 5.
Later on the track, freshman Jocelyn Caro finished 26th overall in the elite section of the women's 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:40.84.
Texas Tech resumes competition Friday at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational.