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Feb. 1, 2006

Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech track and field will host its' last home meet of the indoor season, the Wes Kittley Open, on Sat., Feb 4, at the Athletic Training Center. The field events will begin at 10 a.m. and the running events will start at 12 p.m.

In this week's USTFCCCA poll, the men's squad is listed at No. 15, ahead of Big 12 opponents Kansas (No. 18) and Baylor (No. 19). In other conference action, Texas is seated at No. 2, Nebraska at No. 7 and Texas A&M is listed at No. 9.

On the women's side, the Red Raiders have yet to break the rankings. In conference action, the Lady Longhorns are ranked No. 2, Nebraska at No. 5 and Texas A&M is seated at No. 13.

In the Trackwire 25 Dandy Dozen, Andrae Williams and Michael Mathieu are ranked seventh and 12th, respectively, in the 400M. The men's 4x400M is listed at sixth. On the women's side, Tori Polk is seated at third in the long jump and Althea Chambers is ranked 12th in the 800M.

Last weekend at the New Mexico Invite in Albuquerque, Polk set a new school record, personal best and NCAA automatic mark in the long jump with a leap of 21'-2.75". She replaces her previous record of 19'-11.5" set on Feb. 25, 2005 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Polk's mark is currently the second-best in the nation and is leading the Big 12 conference by almost a foot. She was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week on Jan. 31, for her efforts.

In the high jump, Misty Coley cleared a provisional qualifying height of 5'-11.25", a new personal best and tied the school record. Sophomore Julianne Kennedy provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with her second-place finish and point total of 3,737 in the pentathlon. Pole vaulter Sage Thames hit the 17'-0.75" NCAA provisional qualifying mark at the annual Pole Vault Summit, in Reno, Nev., on Saturday.

For complete details of the Wes Kittley Open and Red Raider track and field, visit www.texastech.com.

 

 

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