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May 17, 2008

BOULDER, Colo. - The second day of the Big 12 Championships saw Texas Tech's Patience Knight win the women's shot put and Harrison Benjamin break the school record in the men's shot put.

Patience Knight won the Big 12 Championships in the shot put with a NCAA regional throw of 56'-2.50". She is ranked second in the nation in the shot put and won is also the Big 12 Indoor shot put champion. D'Andra Carter threw a personal best and NCAA regional throw of 52'-8.25" to finish in fourth place.

"It wasn't bad but I feel like I could have thrown a little farther," Knight said about her performance. "I didn't quite get it like I wanted to, but I still feel blessed that I threw well and finished first - that's a plus."

Harrison Benjamin placed second in the shot put with a new school record. His throw of 60'-3" is a NCAA regional qualifying mark and puts him in the top 20 in the nation. Tyler Menges threw 55'-8.50" to finish in seventh place.

The men qualified all three student-athletes for the 110M hurdles. Shawon Harris ran the fastest time of 13.54. Omo Osaghae ran a new personal best of 13.91 and Nathan Lowry ran a time of 14.08. All three marks were NCAA regional times. Sandra Iwunze qualified in the 100M hurdles with a NCAA regional and new personal best time of 13.62.

Sally Kipyego will look to defend her 1500M Big 12 Championships tomorrow as she ran the fastest qualifying time with a NCAA regional time of 4:33.50.

 

 

Julius Walker qualified in the 100M with a NCAA regional time of 10.43.

The men and women both had two qualify in the 800M. Gladys Kipsang ran the fastest time in prelims with a NCAA regional mark of 2:08.01. Asia Diaz was the fourth fastest qualifier with a NCAA regional time of 2:09.18. Gilbert Limo ran the second fastest qualifying with a NCAA regional mark of 1:50.23 and Edwin Sang was the eighth qualifier with a NCAA regional time of 1:51.01.

The women saw two qualify for the 400M hurdles as Iwunze ran the second fastest qualifying and a NCAA regional time of 58.28. Jasmine Flournoy qualified fifth with a personal best and NCAA regional time of 1:00.46. The men had Harris run a NCAA regional and new personal best time of 50.05 to qualify third.

Kelsey Lloyd finished sixth to earn all-conference honors in the high jump clearing a height of 5'-5".

Kelley Schulz finished in a tie for seventh place clearing a height of 12'-7.50". It is the fifth All-Big 12 honor for Schulz.

The women go into the final day of the Big 12 Championships in fifth place with 28.50 points. Nebraska leads the women with 79 points. The men have a score of 20 points and are in fourth place. Missouri leads with a total of 45 points.

Live results of the Big 12 Championships can be found at www.cubuffs.com. The Red Raiders will begin competition tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the men's javelin.

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