Seven Athletes, Two Relays Ranked in National Top-20
Texas Tech is represented by seven athletes and two relays in the top-20 of the national indoor qualifying list.
Feb. 11, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field team returns to Lubbock from the annual Tyson Invitational well represented on the national indoor qualifying list. With the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders now looking ahead to the Big 12 Indoor Championships, a total of seven athletes and two relay squads appear in the top-20 of the national rankings.
Senior distance runner and 2013 NCAA Cross Country Champion Kennedy Kithuka highlights the list after running the top time in the nation in the 5,000-meter run and breaking the school record in the process. Kithuka also holds the No. 3 time in the nation in the 3,000-meter run after also breaking the school record two weeks ago at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational.
Meanwhile, seniors Katie Grimes and Bryce Lamb also appear in the top-five of the national rankings as the pair turned in impressive performances at the Randal-Tyson Track Center this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.
For the third time during the 2013 season Grimes broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles as the runner-up at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 8.16 seconds. The Canyon, Texas native finished first overall in the semifinals clocking a school record time of 8.16 before matching the time in the finals.
A three-time All-American, Lamb then brought the meet to a close by jumping into the top-five with his season debut in the triple jump. On his second attempt of the evening, Lamb leaped 16.26-meters (53'-4.25") - the fifth-best mark in school history in the event.
Lamb enters this week ranked No. 3 nationally in the men's triple jump.
Both the women's 4x400 relay team and the men's distance medley relay team improved their times this weekend as well. The men's distance medley relay broke the school record for the second time this season as the squad clocked a time of 9:40.71 to win the event at the Tyson Invitational. Kithuka anchored the squad with an even four-minute split in the final mile.
The men's distance medley relay enters the week with the No. 8 time in the nation.
Meanwhile, the women's 4x400 relay squad recorded a season-best time of 3:35.44 at the Tyson Invitational and enters the week ranked No. 8 in the country.
Texas Tech junior and returning All-American Kyal Meyers also vaulted his way into the top-10 nationally in the men's pole vault. Meyers cleared an indoor personal-best height of 5.41-meters (17'-9.00") to finish fourth at the Tyson Invitational and enter the week at No. 10 in the country.
The top-16 athletes in each event automatically qualify for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. March 8-9.
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders will return to action Feb. 22-23 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa.