Final Indoor Meet to be Held Saturday
Feb. 7, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will be hosting its last indoor meet Saturday. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. with the long jump; followed by the 5000M at 11 a.m. Tech will feature several new faces as a majority of athletes will take the week off to rest for the Tyson Invitational next week at Fayetteville, Ark.
The men, who dropped to ninth nationally in the USTFCCCA rankings, will debut newcomer Julius Walker, the 2007 NJCAA Indoor 60M champion. Walker transferred at mid-term and will be running in the 60M. The Red Raiders will also have Tyler Menges and Harrison Benjamin throwing the shot put as they look to better their conference marks. Lyle Leong, the Big 12 leader in high jump, will be competing in the high jump and long jump as well.
The Lady Raiders will have Patience Knight, D'Andra Carter and Ozie Okolie throwing in their respective events, as well as a new 4X400M relay team of Asia Diaz, Gladys Kipsang, Chep Boit and Shannon Jackson.
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Athlete of the Week
Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego keeps adding to her list of accolades as she was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week. It is Tech's first indoor honor of the season. Kipyego was last season's Big 12 Performer of the Year. Kipyego earned the honor as she ran at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games as the only collegiate invite. Kipyego ran a NCAA automatic qualifying time and finished fifth against the world's best competition, including reigning 10,000 meter world champion Tirunesh Dibaba. Her time of 9:05.45 is the fastest collegiate time in the nation.
Hurdle Domination For the third week in a row the men's hurdlers have placed at least two athletes in the top three. Shawon Harris, Omo Osaghae or Jansen Hyde have changed combinations but continue to dominate. Harris has two first place and a second, Osaghae has a first, second and a third, while Hyde earned second this last week at the United Heritage Invitational.
Home Cooking Some of the top marks in the Big 12 Conference have already been set at the Athletic Training Center this year. Gilbert Limo has the fastest mile with a time of 4:04.60, followed by Edwin Sang with a time of 4:05.13. Clocking a time of 3:09.05 in the 4X400M relay is the fifth fastest time in the nation and second in conference, with the team consisting of Bill Lawhorn, Gil Roberts, Shawon Harris and Lamont Adams. Tech pole vaulters have had success as both Brian Porter and Kelley Schulz rank first and third in the conference, respectively. Finally, Shawon Harris set a new Tech and ATC record with his 7.22 in the 55M hurdles.
National Scene As already mentioned the men's 4X400M relay team has the fifth fastest time in the nation, but other Red Raiders are putting their name on the national scene. Shawon Harris has the fifth fastest time in the 60M hurdles. Lyle Leong is fifth in the high jump clearing 7'2.25". Brian Porter has vaulted himself into sixth with a height of 17'6.5". Anthony Flemons leaped into eighth place last week at the United Heritage Invitational. Julianne Kennedy is the ninth best pentathlete after scoring 3,953 points. Sally Kipyego has the second fastest 3000M time running a 9:05.45 at the Boston Indoor Games; however the NCAA disallowed the time because the meet failed to meet NCAA criteria.