Red Raiders, Lady Raiders Finish Fifth at Big 12 Championships
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders each finished fifth at the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Manhattan, Kan.
May 13, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 3 Red Raiders and No. 6 Lady Raiders each finished fifth overall at the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Championships Sunday at R. V. Christian Track Complex on the K-State campus.
After three days of action, the Red Raiders finished with 66 points overall while the Lady Raiders finished with 71 - just one point behind fourth-place Baylor. Texas A&M took home the men's conference championship with 150 points, while Texas placed first overall among the women with 139 points.
Sophomore indoor All-American Kyal Meyers opened Sunday by tying for second place in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 5.31 meters (17'-5.00"). Kyle Wait (Kansas State), Hayden Clark (Texas) and Meyers each missed attempts at 5.41 meters (17'-9.00") and Wait won the competition based on prior misses.
Texas Tech found success throughout the meet in the hurdle events with four athletes placing in the top-six in Sunday's finals. Senior Shane Brathwaite placed second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.46. The time was the sixth-fastest time in Big 12 Championships history and met the Olympic Qualifying `A' Standard. Junior Katie Grimes placed second in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 13.00. Nwokey followed in fourth place with a time 13.44.
Jamele Mason later placed second in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 49.60. Mason also placed sixth in the finals of the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.02. Rose Tanui earned a second place finish in the women's 5,000 meter run with a personal best time of 16:03.42. Teammate Caroline Jepleting also earned a second place finish in the finals of the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:20.17. Jepleting qualified for the finals of both the 800 meter run and the 1,500 meter run on Saturday.
A pair of freshmen put on strong performances in the field events. Avril McGhee finished fourth in the women's triple jump with a mark of 12.62 meters (41'-5.00"). Jacorian Duffield later finished fifth in the men's high jump. Duffield cleared the bar at 2.11 meters (6'-11.00").
The women's 4x100 relay team, which entered the meet ranked No. 10 in the country, placed third overall to earn six points with a time of 43.71. The time broke the R.V. Christian Track Complex record of 43:95 set in 2005 and was just off their season-best time of 43.53.
Texas Tech now has its eyes set on the NCAA Regionals in Austin, Texas set to be held May 24-26.