Four Set Personal Bests at Day Two of Mt. SAC

Caroline Jepleting ran a personal best time of 2:05.16 in the 800 meter run Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays

April 20, 2012

Complete Results

WALNUT, Calif. - Texas Tech had four athletes set personal bests in the second day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday.

Both seniors Caroline Jepleting and Devin Bailey set personal record times in the women's 800 meter run. Jepleting finished ninth overall in the open section of the race with a time of 2:05.16 while Bailey followed with a time of 2:06.41.

"They were both very competitive in their races," assistant coach Jon Murray said. "They went in and handled it well and came out with personal bests. I'm just proud of them both for continuing to improve."

In the final events of the evening, sophomore Ezekiel Kissorio, who placed 35th in the men's 1,500 meter run Thursday, also ran a personal-best time of 14:31.14 in the Elite Olympic Development section of the men's 5,000 meter run.

Finally, senior Rose Tanui, who earned All-American honors in cross country during the fall, also recorded a personal best mark by running a time of 16.14.67 in the Open-A section of the women's 5,000 meter run.

"It was just a great effort by both athletes in two competitive races," Murray said of Kissorio and Tanui.

In the pole vault competition earlier in the day, junior Boston Spiva tied his personal-best mark by clearing the bar at 4.90 meters (16' 0.75").

Meanwhile, freshman Jacorian Duffield turned in another impressive performance in the high jump by clearing the bar at 2.18 meters (7'-1.75"). The Schertz, Texas native missed on his first two attempts at the height, but cleared the bar on his third and final attempt. With the mark Duffield finished fourth overall on a judge's decision.

The clearance marked Duffield's second-best of the season as he set a personal best mark of 2.20 meters (7'-2.50") at the Texas Tech Open last weekend. Fellow freshman high jumper Michaela Palu also found success in the high jump. Palu cleared 1.70 (5'-7.00") which marks her second-best performance of the outdoor season.

Palu finished seventh overall in the open section of the high jump.




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