Red Raiders Finish Third at Big 12 Championships|
The Red Raiders finished third at the 2013 Big 12 Championships this weekend in Waco.
May 5, 2013
WACO, Texas - The No. 18 Red Raiders capped off the 2013 Big 12 Championships Sunday with the program's fourth top-3 finish in school history, and the highest point total since winning the conference championship in 2005.
The Red Raiders scored a total of 117.5 points over the three-day meet to finish third overall.
"We were warriors today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We fought for everything, and a lot of good things happened. I'm really proud of the way we came back and got in the mix. I couldn't ask for much more."
The 117.5 points are the most by a Red Raider team at the Big 12 Championships since Texas Tech won the 2005 conference meet in Manhattan, Kan. with 149.5.
The No. 17 Lady Raiders finished sixth in the meet with 77.5 points - their highest point total since 2010. The squad was led Sunday by sophomore Cierra White who won the first Big 12 100-meter Championship by a Lady Raider since 2001.
Texas Tech freshman Nick Rivera solidified himself the first Red Raider in school history to sweep the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run after winning a thrilling race that brought the crowd at Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex to its feet during the final 100-meters. Rivera crossed the finish line in 1:50.03 after overtaking four runners in the final lap including Baylor's Gavyn Nero on the final stretch.
"I just fought," Rivera said after the race. "I just did what I did in high school, and what I'm known for which is finishing. I have always told people and myself that if I have someone within at least 30-meters that I am going to catch them. That's what I did."
Rivera is the first Red Raider in school history to sweep the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run in the same season, and the first athlete in the Big 12 to do so since 2008.
The La Puente, Calif. native was the second Red Raider to win an individual title as senior Bryce Lamb won the men's long jump Saturday night.
Texas Tech senior Bryce Lamb, who won the long jump crown on Saturday, turned in another big performance early Sunday. With an opening leap of 16.09-metres (52'-9.50"), Lamb broke the 24-year-old facility record before finishing runner up in the competition - the best finish of his career at the conference meet in the triple jump.
Lamb later helped guide the Red Raider 4x100 Relay team to a third place finish as the opening leg. The squad clocked a time of 40.36 seconds.
Meanwhile, the Red Raiders took two of the top three spots in the men's 400-meter hurdles as Isaiah Gill finished runner up with a time of 50.87 seconds. Gill was followed by teammate Dwayne Extol in third with a time of 51.44. Freshman Tramaine Maloney finished seventh clocking a 52.73 as the Red Raiders picked up a total of 16 points in the event.
Maloney picked up six points for the Red Raiders earlier in the day finishing third in the men's 110-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Kole Weldon continued his strong year in the shot put as he finished runner up with a toss of 18.81-meters (61'-8.50").
Junior Kyal Meyers finished runner up in the men's pole vault where he cleared the bar at 5.19-meters (17'-0.25"). Teammate Jeremy Doddridge finished fifth clearing 5.04-meters (16'-6.50") as the pair collected 12 points in the event.
Lady Raider freshman Hannah Carson finished runner up in the women's javelin throw with a toss of 51.02-meters (167'-5.00"). The school-record holder, who entered the meet ranked third in the conference, held the lead throughout the competition before Oklahoma's Avione Allgood recorded a toss of 52.19-meters (171'-3.00") on her final attempt to overtake Carson and win the event.
Lady Raider newcomer Sharlene Nickle turned in a season-best effort in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase where she crossed the line fourth overall with a time of 10:32.13. The performance was 13 seconds better than her previous best entering the meet.
Junior Ezekiel Kissorio followed finishing fourth in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:56.61
Freshman Christen Rivers finished fifth in the finals of the women's 400-meter dash crossing the finish line with a time 53.75.
Sophomore Michaela Palu finished seventh in the women's high jump where she matched her season-best clearing 1.67-meters (5'-5.75").
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders now look towards the NCAA West Preliminaries set for May 23-25 in Austin, Texas.