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Red Raiders Leap to No. 6 in National Rankings

The Red Raiders jumped to No. 6 in the national indoor computer rankings this week.

Week 4 National Rankings

Feb. 12, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - On the heels of a historic performance at the Tyson Invitational last weekend, the Red Raider track and field team officially jumped into the Top-10 of the national indoor track and field rankings.

 In Week 4 of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer poll, the Red Raiders made the largest leap of any team in the country appearing at No. 6.

"I'm excited for our team," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "We gained a lot of momentum with a great meet this weekend and are now looking for an even better performance at the Big 12 Indoor Championships next week."   

The Red Raiders enter the week with five athletes in the Top-20 of the national indoor qualifying list including senior Kennedy Kithuka who holds the No. 1 time nationally in the men's 5,000-meter run. 

The Red Raiders broke two school records in the full weekend of action at the Randal-Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus.

The Lady Raiders also made a jump in the national rankings and appear just outside the Top-25 at No. 26. Tech moved up 27 spots in the national rankings and up to the No. 1 slot in the Mountain Region following last week's action.

The Lady Raiders currently have two athletes in the Top-20 of the national indoor rankings along with the No. 8 4x400 relay team.

The Texas Tech track and field program will now look towards the Big 12 Indoor Championships scheduled for Feb. 22-23 in Ames, Iowa. 



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