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Tech Track Has Successful Start to West Preliminary

Ifeatu Okafor
Ifeatu Okafor

May 26, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. - The Texas Tech track and field teams had a successful start to the NCAA West Preliminary held in Eugene, Ore., as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders advanced 10 to next round of the NCAA Championships.

"It was a good day," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "I felt 10 out of 12 advancing was probably the best you can expect especially weather wise. I was pleased with our throwers and Bryce doing what they needed to get through the next round. It was a good day overall."

Sophomore Bryce Lamb advanced to his second-straight NCAA Outdoor Championships in the men's long jump. Lamb had the second-best jump of the day at 25'-6.75" (7.79M). He will now try to qualify in the triple jump on Saturday.

Ifeatu Okafor and Kelly Closse both advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put. Okafor placed seventh with a throw of 53'-3.50" (16.24M) while Closse's best throw was 53'-00.75" (16.17M) for eighth.

Jamele Mason and Bryce Brown both won their heats of the 400M hurdles to advance to the quarterfinal to be run tomorrow at 5:35 p.m. (PST). Mason qualified with his time of 50.81 while Brown advanced with a 51.43. The men's 400M hurdles quarterfinal will be tomorrow at 5:35 p.m. (PST).

Gil Roberts and Latoy Williams both advance to the quarterfinal of the men's 400M. Roberts earned an automatic berth with his second place finish. He ran a 46.62 in the sixth heat. Williams ran a 46.80 and was the first time qualifier. The men's quarterfinal will be run tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. (PST).

Candace Jackson earned the last time qualifying spot in the women's 400M. She ran a 54.99 to advance to the quarterfinals. Taylor Evans ran a 55.03 and was one spot out of advancing. The women's 400M will start tomorrow at 3:50 p.m. (PST).



Devin Bailey and Caroline Jepleting both qualified for the 800M quarterfinal by time. Bailey ran a 2:07.64 and Jepleting crossed the line in 2:07.78. The women's 800M quarterfinal will be run tomorrow at 4:50 p.m. (PST).

Freshman Kyal Meyers did not qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships as he was unable to clear a height in the men's pole vault.

Competition starts tomorrow for Tech at 3 p.m. with the women's 100M hurdles.

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