Texas Tech Starts Indoor Season by Hosting Texas Tech Invitational.|
Jan. 15, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas: The Texas Tech track and field team will start its 2008 indoor season Fri., Jan. 18th, as it will be hosting the Texas Tech Invitational at the Athletic Training Center located south of Jones AT&T Stadium.
Nine-year head coach Wes Kittley will lead the men's and women's teams as they look to improve on last season's finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The men finished in sixth place with 70.50 points and 13 all-conference performers. The women finished in third place with 93 points and also had 13 all-conference performers.
The Invitational will begin at 3:30 p.m. with field events. The prelims in the running events will begin at 4 p.m. starting with the 60M hurdles. The finals of the running events will be held on Sat., Jan. 19, starting at 10 a.m.
Live results of the Texas Tech Invitational can be found on www.texastech.com.
Texas Tech Ranked: The Lady Raiders were tabbed as the seventh team in the indoor track and field preseason edition of the USTFCCCA poll. Tech is the highest ranked team in the Big 12. LSU was the top ranked team in the women's poll nationally.
Last Year's Invitational: Three ATC records were set during last year's two-day meet. Sally Kipyego ran a 4:43.04 in the mile, which was also an NCAA automatic qualifying time.
The Tech women and men highlighted the day by breaking two records. The women's distance medley relay of Asia Diaz, Louise Cox, Gladys Kipsang and Kipyego ran a 11:44.14, while the men (Silas Kembio, Zach Glavash, Edwin Sang, Kevin Chelimo) set the DMR record, running a 10:09.42.
Dazzling Duo: Texas Tech has two indoor All-Americans returning for the 2008 season. Senior Shawon Harris, who redshirted 2007 because of injury, will try to repeat his success in the hurdles. Harris has a personal best and third best time in school history in the 60M hurdles of 7.76.
Junior Sally Kipyego, 2007 Big 12 Indoor Performer of the Year and has a total of five NCAA titles (two indoor), will try to continue her dominance in the 3000M and 5000M. Kipyego owns school records with a time of 8:56.71 in the 3000M and a 15:27.42 in the 5000M.
Newcomers: The Red Raiders will have 34 athletes making their collegiate debut this weekend.
The women welcome 12 freshman and four transfers highlighted by Katie Veith (pole vault), Addison LeMaster (distance), Kelsey Lloyd (sprint/jumps), Chelsea Ervi (distance) and Jessica Gibbs (pole vault).
Staff Additions: Texas Tech added a new face to the coaching staff as former student-athlete and coach, Dion Miller takes over men's and women's sprints and hurdles. While at Tech, Miller was an All-American and earned 13 all-conference honors. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1996. His coaching stops include Texas Tech, University of Washington and Arizona State University. During his tenure at ASU he helped coach the women's team to the 2007 Indoor and Outdoor National Championships.