Tanui Qualifies for Finals of NCAA Championships|
Rose Tanui qualified for the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships Thursday with a seventh place finish in the 10,000 meter run.
May 25, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas. - Texas Tech had a successful showing Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary meet advancing seven athletes to the quarterfinals.
Five Lady Raiders and two Red Raiders qualified for the quarterfinals to be held Friday.
"I thought we qualified well in all running events today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We have to focus on tomorrow and try to get some athletes qualified that maybe we did not expect. I'm very proud of everybody today."
The NCAA West Preliminary meet serves as the first round and quarterfinals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships with the top-12 from each event qualifying for the final rounds at Drake University June 6-9.
Senior Rose Tanui ended the night on a high note for Tech as she became the first Lady Raider to qualify for the finals of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines. The senior finished seventh overall in the field of 48 with a time of 34:07.94 in the women's 10,000 meter run.
Senior All-American Jamele Mason marked the first Tech athlete to advance out of the first round as the Big 12 runner-up won the second heat of the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 50.64. He placed second overall behind Reggie Wyatt of Southern California who won the third heat with a time of 50.33.
Mason will compete in the quarterfinals of the 400 meter hurdles Friday with a scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m.
Teammate Gil Roberts later advanced in the men's 400 meter dash. Roberts, who entered the meet leading the NCAA with a time of 45.04, won the second heat with a time of 46.25 and advanced to the quarterfinals scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
The Lady Raiders advanced two athletes in the women's 100 meter dash. Terra Evans finished third in the second heat with a time of 11.57 to automatically qualify for Friday's quarterfinals. Meanwhile, teammate Erica Alexander qualified with a time of 11.44 after finishing fifth in the fifth heat.
Candace Jackson later advanced in the women's 400 meter dash. The junior ran a time of 53.71 to qualify for Friday's quarterfinals.
The West Preliminary will resume tomorrow with action set to begin at 11 a.m. with the start of the women's discus. The first round of the men's 110 hurdles and women's 100 meter hurdles are scheduled for Friday beginning at 5 p.m.