Tech Hosts First Indoor Meet of Season|
Jan. 15, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The No. 9 Lady Raiders and No. 12 Red Raiders begin the indoor track season season hosting the Texas Tech Invitational at the Athletic Training Center on Fri., Jan. 16th, and Sat., Jan. 17th. It will be the first of three meets that Tech will be hosting as it prepares for the Big 12 Indoor Championships and NCAA Indoor Championships.
The first events will begin Friday with the weight throw, high jump an long jump at 6 p.m. followed by the distance medley relay at 7 p.m. The other events on Friday will be the 1000M, 600Y and 5000M.
Saturday's events scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with the triple jump and the running events will begin with the prelims of the 55M hurdles at 11:30 a.m.
Live results of the meet can be found by going to www.texastech.com.
Both the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders were in the preseason rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Red Raiders are No. 12 and the third-ranked Big 12 school and the Lady Raiders are No. 9 and the second in the Big 12.
Star Studded Returners
Texas Tech has a total of eight All-Americans returning for the 2009 season. The group is highlighted by eight-time NCAA champion Sally Kipyego. Two-time All-American throwers Patience Knight and D'Andra Carter are the other women retuning. The men have Anthony Flemmons, Tim Foster, Rodney Mims, Omo Osaghae and Gil Roberts.
History in the Making Senior Sally Kipyego is entering her final season as a Lady Raider and has the potential to make history. During the fall, the Kenyan native became the first male or female in Division I history to win three-straight NCAA cross country individual championships. Kipyego has eight NCAA individual titles and could tie Wisconsin's Suzy Favor who has the most female individual titles in track & field and cross country NCAA history with nine.
Tech has 27 newcomers for the season. The men boast the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation by Track and Field News and the class is highlighted by Markus Henderson, Jamele Mason and Brandon Tucker. The women have a strong group of freshmen and transfers. Lillian Badaru has already made a name for herself as she earned her first All-American honor in cross country last fall.
The Texas Tech track program added a new face as Roy Williams, a former TCU All-American, was hired to coach sprints and relays. Williams spent the last three years at the University of Texas at Arlington as the associate head coach of sprints, relays, jumps and hurdles. He coached an Olympic qualifier in the 200M and 4x100M relay and an All-American in the 110M hurdles during his tenure.
This season marks the 10th year that head coach Wes Kittley has been with the Texas Tech track & field program. Since then his program has seen nine NCAA champions and 97 All-American honors.