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Kithuka Closes Historic Career

June 13, 2014


Kithuka closes his Tech career as a two-time NCAA Champion, six-time Big 12 Champion and five-time All-American.

EUGENE, Ore. - Texas Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka closed his remarkable Red Raider career Friday night in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 at Historic Hayward Field finishing eighth overall in the finals of the men's 5,000-meter run. With the effort he earned his second All-America honor in as many races at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Kithuka ends his career, which spanned from the fall of 2012 to the 2014 outdoor track season, as a two-time NCAA Champion, six-time Big 12 Champion and five-time First Team All-American.

"It's not about me," he said. "It all comes from the Texas Tech community, coaches and sports administration. They gave me a lot of support when I got here. I give thanks to them and everybody. I will always be a part of Texas Tech, wherever I go."

Kithuka crossed the finish line Friday night in 13 minutes 34.91 seconds - just eight seconds off his school record set earlier this season at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Also competing Friday, JaCorian Duffield had just one miss through the first three bars in the high jump, but couldn't get over 2.20-meters (7'-2.50") . The junior, who earned All-America honors with a seventh place finish at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, missed on three attempts at the height.

The Schertz, Texas native finished 10th in the competition, while teammate and Big 12 Champion Bradley Adkins followed in 13th. Adkins cleared each of the opening two heights on first attempt but clipped the bar at 7'-0.50" on third attempt.

Meanwhile, in the final day of the women's heptathlon, junior Lady Raider Shanice Stewart opened strong with a career-best effort in the javelin throw. The junior and Big 12 Runner-Up let loose a heave of 42.63-meters (139'-10") on her third throw of the competition. She went on to close with 5,184 points over the two-day seven event competition finishing 18th overall.

Texas Tech concludes action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday at Hayward Field as Cierra White and Le'Tristan Pledger compete in the finals of the 200-meters and 100-meter hurdles.

ESPNU will provide live coverage of the meet.

 

 

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