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Jan. 19, 2006

Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech track and field will be competing in the Wes Kittley Invitational on Fri., Jan. 20, and at the Wes Kittley 6 Way, on Sat., Jan. 21. Both meets will be held at the Athletic Training Center on the Tech campus.

Texas Tech track and field will continue the 2006 season with two meets this weekend. Friday night's Invitational will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the field events and the running events will start at 5 p.m. Saturday's 6-Way meet will feature Tech competing against multiple schools including UT- San Antonio, UT- Arlington, SMU, Texas State UT- Pan American and TCU.

Last week, at the All Comers, eight Red Raiders posted new personal bests and junior transfer Daryl Burgess, the Big 12 Track and Field Athlete of the Week, set a new school record in the 55M hurdles.

Burgess, a native of Miami, Fla. and a transfer from South Plains College, set a new school record in the 55M hurdles with his clocking of 7.35. He replaces the record of 7.40, set by Shawon Harris on Feb. 5, 2005. Burgess' time is also good enough to qualify him provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Sophomore heptathlete Chad Andrews set three personal bests in the shot put (39'-1.75"), high jump (6'-3.5") and 55M hurdles (7.71). Fellow heptathlete Jamie Robinson set new personal bests in the shot put (43'-10.5") and the high jump (6'-5.5").

On the women's side, freshman thrower Patience Knight captured two first-place finishes in the shot put (44'-4.75") and the weight throw (49'-11.75"). Fellow thrower on the men's side, Harrison Benjamin, marked a toss of 57'-0", a personal best, also good for a first-place finish.

The Tech women took first through fourth place in the pole vault with freshman Amanda Alley leading the way with a height of 12'-5.5". Dana Rosenbladt finished in second with a height of 11'-11.75 and Lindsey Walesheck rounded out the top three with a clearance of 11'-5.75".

The men's track team, the defending Big 12 Outdoor Champions, open the 2006 season ranked No. 9 in the nation, it was announced by Trackwire 25, today. The ranking of No. 9 matches the program's best that it first received on Feb. 1, 2005.

In conference action, the Red Raiders are ranked ahead of Texas A&M (12th), Kansas (t13th), Kansas State (t20th), Baylor (t25th) and Oklahoma (t25th).

Individually, All-Americans Andrae Williams and Michael Mathieu are ranked second and 10th, respectively in the Dandy Dozen 400M. In the 60M hurdles, Daryl Burgess sits at fifth and All-American and Big 12 Champion Marlon Odom is seated at sixth. The 4x400M relay is currently third behind LSU and Baylor, respectively. All-American Seth Harris is ranked 10th in the pole vault.

On the women's side, in the Dandy Dozen, Althea Chambers is ranked eighth in the 800M and All-American Tori Polk sits at third in the long jump.

All information regarding Texas Tech track and field meets, held at the Athletic Training Center, can be found on the Texas Tech athletics website, www.texastech.com.

 

 

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