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Feb. 9, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's women throwers threw three NCAA provisional marks and set two school records during the final Tech indoor meet. Ozie Okolie won the weight throw by throwing her personal best of 63'-11.50". The mark was also a school record and an ATC facility record. Patience Knight and D'Andra Carter set new personal bests with NCAA provisional throws of 52'-8.0" and 52'-1.0" as they finished first and second respectively. Knight's mark is a new school record and an ATC facility record.

The men shot putters finished first and second for the second time in a row. Harrison Benjamin won the event with a mark of 54'-9.25" and Tyler Menges threw 53'-10.50" to finish second.

The men continued to win the hurdles as Jansen Hyde ran a personal best time of 7.52 in the 55M hurdles. Nathan Lowry finished third also running a personal best time of 7.57. The women hurdlers finished in the top five. Julianne Kennedy was second with a time of 8.03 and Tori Smith ran a fifth place time of 8.20.

Transfer Julius Walker in his first competition for Tech ran a 6.31 in the 55M to win the event. Skye Green finished in fourth running a personal best time of 6.38.



The Red Raiders had three long jumpers finish in the top five. Waylon Randolph led the way finishing second with a jump of 23'-9.50" setting a new personal best. Jamar Wall and Lyle Leong finished the event fourth and fifth with distances of 22'-11.75" and 22'-11.00" respectively. The Lady Raiders long jumpers had both competitors finish in the top five. Janell Appelhans won the event with a personal best distance of 18'-10" and Julianne Kennedy placed fourth with a mark of 18'-1.50".

The Lady Raiders had strong showings from Sandra Iwunze won the 600Y with a time of 1:25.47. The Lady Raiders 4X800M relay team of Asia Diaz, Gladys Kipsang, Chep Boit and Shannon Jackson ran an ATC facility record and winning time of 9:07.14. The time is also a new school record. The men's 4X800M relay team of Cory Higgins, Logan Culotta, Kurt Limmer and Paul Julmeus ran a second place time of 8:05.10.

The women high jumpers finished with high marks as Kelsey Lloyd and Julianne Kennedy finished third and fifth for the women. Lloyd and Kennedy both cleared 5'-6" and Lloyd finished higher due to fewer misses. The men finished first and sixth, as Lyle Leong won the event by clearing a NCAA provisional height of 7' -0.25". Justin Turner cleared 6'-6.25" for sixth.

The women's 4X400M relay finished second with a time of 3:45.60. The relay consisted of Sandra Iwunze, Ashley Williams, Keshima Starks and Jonisha Boleware. The men's 4X400M relay of Rodney Mims, Zach Plinario, Brandon Anderson and Brandon Anderson placed third with a time of 3:12.80.

During the Texas Tech Invitational, five ATC facility records were broken. The most impressive was by former Texas Tech runner Haron Lagot as he ran a 3:58.48 in the mile. The time broke the previous ATC record by over seven seconds. Other records that fell were the men's 400M, and the women's 5000M ran by Irene Kimaiyo who will run for Tech during the outdoor season.

The Red Raiders will travel to Fayetteville, Ark next weekend to compete in the Tyson Invitational. For complete results of the Tech Invitational, please log on to www.texastech.com.


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