Six Red Raiders Qualify for NCAA Championships

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May 30, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech had six student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships after the first day of the Midwest Regional Championships.

Senior Mike Cast earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the javelin with a personal best throw of 230'-06".

All-American Sally Kipyego earned her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships in the 5000M. She won her second Midwest Regional title with a time of 16:56.34.

Senior Bobby Evers earned his third trip to the NCAA Championships. He placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 25'-00.75".

Harrison Benjamin placed fifth in the men's shot put with a throw of 58'-5.25". He earned one of the automatic qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships, which will be his first. Tyler Menges earned eighth in the shot put with a throw of 56'-7.25".

D'Andra Carter and Patience Knight earned automatic trips to the NCAA Championships in the discus. Carter placed second with a throw of 175'-01" and Knight finished third with a throw of 171'-10".

Ozie Okolie finished sixth in the women's hammer throw with a throw of 194'-06".

Senior Kelley Schulz cleared 12'-11.75" in the pole vault to place eighth.

The men's 110M hurdles will have two Red Raiders in the finals. Shawon Harris ran the fastest time of the prelims with a time of 13.70. Omo Osaghae ran the fifth fastest time of the prelims running a time of 14.02..

Sandra Iwunze qualified for the finals in the 400M hurdles running the second fastest time of 59.96. Wouter LeRoux qualified for the men's 400M hurdles with a time of 51.03.



Gladys Kipsang and Asia Diaz both qualified for tomorrow's finals in the 800M. Kipsang ran a time of 2:09.39 and Diaz finished with a time of 2:09.45.

The women are leading after the first day of the Midwest Regional with a total of 27.50 points. The men are sitting in third with a score of 20 points.

Competition at the Midwest Regional will continue for the Red Raiders with the women's 1500M finals at 4:20 p.m. Live results can be found by going to www.huskers.com and a final recap with results can be seen at www.texastech.com.


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