Feb. 24, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas -
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The Lady Raiders and No. 9 Red Raiders will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the 2010 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships held on the campus of Iowa State as Tech chases its first indoor conference title.
The Big 12 Indoor Championships will have some of the top teams in the nation on both the men's and women's sides. The men will have No. 1 Texas A&M, No.8 Nebraska, No. 10 Baylor, No.12 Oklahoma competing while the women's race will have No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 14 Nebraska, No.15 Oklahoma after the title.
Last season the Lady Raiders were ranked No. 17 and finished a program best second place with 103.5 points while the men were ranked No. 10 and finished in sixth place with 62 points.
This season's teams have standouts that should help Tech compete for the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The first is defending Big 12 Champion in the 60M hurdles, Omo Osaghae. The senior All-American has the third-fastest time in the Big 12 at 7.72 and fifth fastest in the NCAA. Teammate Jansen Hyde is currently 17th on the NCAA list and sixth on the Big 12 list.
Two of Tech's horizontal jumpers could make noise this weekend. Darrell Roddick and Bryce Lamb are both in the top five in the nation in the triple jump but so are three of Texas A&M's jumpers. Roddick sits fourth in the nation and Lamb is fifth in the triple jump.
Lamb is second in the Big 12 in the long jump with a personal-best jump of 7.84M (25'-8.75") and is currently sixth in on the NCAA list in the event. He is the top freshman in the nation in both the long jump and triple jump.
The women's distance medley relay has a chance to repeat as conference champs as they come into the meet with the fastest time. The squad of Purity Biwott, Gladys Kipsang, Trudeann Clarke and Caroline Karunde ran an 11:10.28 at the New Balance Collegiate Invite and it ranks sixth in the nation.
The Lady Raiders have freshman Shade Weygandt competing in her first Big 12 Indoor Championship tied for the conference lead in the pole vault. The 2009 Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor pole vault champion Nebraska's Natalie Willer is tied with Weygandt at 4.25M (13'-11.25") for the top mark in the conference.
Kelsey Lloyd will be another that will be looked to score points as she competes in the pentathlon. She has the best score with 3,989 points and sits fifth in the nation but 2009 defending pentathlon champion Megan Wheatley of Nebraska will provide stiff competition.
The Big 12 Indoor Championships begin on Friday at 10 a.m. with the pentathlon's 60M hurdles and conclude at 9 p.m. with the distance medley relays. Saturday's events will begin at 11 a.m. with the heptathlon's 60M hurdles and conclude with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
Roddick Jumps to National List
Senior Darrell Roddick automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump at the Texas A&M Invitational and moved ahead of teammate Bryce Lamb on the national list. Roddick jumped 16.30M (53'-5.75") and is fourth on the NCAA descending order list, while Lamb is fifth.
Best Conference Indoor Finish
The Lady Raiders last season had a program-best finish of second place at the conference championship. The men's best finish would be third place which was accomplished in 2008.
Several Red Raiders have positioned themselves in the top 10 with some impressive early marks.
Omo Osaghae, 7.72, 60M H, 5th
Women's, 11:10.28, DMR, 6th
Shade Weygandt, 4.25 (13'-11.25"), PV, 10th
Bryce Lamb, 7.81 (25'-7.75"), LJ, 6th
Darrell Roddick, 16.30 (53'-5.75), TJ, 4th
Bryce Lamb, 16.27 (53'-4.5"), TJ, 5th
Kelsey Lloyd, 3989 points, Pentathlon, 5th
New School Records
Tech had two new records set this weekend. The women's distance medley relay of Purity Biwott, Trudeann Clarke, Gladys Kipsang and Caroline Karunde broke a year-old record by running an 11:10.28 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. The other school record was set by Latoy Williams in the 600Y at the Texas Tech Open. Williams ran a 1:08.53 to place second. Ironically he finished second to the previous record holder Jonathan Johnson.
A Surprise Start
Junior Kelsey Lloyd put herself on the national scene in her debut in the pentathlon at the New Mexico Classic. The pentathlon is five events in one day that include the 60M hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800M. Lloyd scored an NCAA provisional mark of 3,989 points to win the event. She was tops in the 60M hurdles, high jump and long jump as well. Her score is the fourth-best in program history and currently fourth in the NCAA.
Lamb Impressing Early on
Freshman Bryce Lamb came to Texas Tech as the No. 1 triple jump recruit out of high school and No. 2 long jump recruit according to Dyestat and has wasted little time living up to those claims. He has only automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with a jump of 16.27M (54'-4.50) which is fourth in the nation. Lamb has the fourth-best jump in the long jump with a NCAA Provisional mark of 7.81 (25'-7.75").
Raising the Bar
Freshman Shade Weygandt in her first two meets so far has put her name in the Texas Tech school records twice. Her first meet she set the pole vault school record at 4.11M (13'-5.75"). One week later she re-set the school record by clearing 4.25M (13'-11.25") and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Texas Tech has some unique family connections in the track and field family. The Lady Raiders have two sets of twins on the team with Caroline and Winrose Karunde and Terra and Taylor Evans. The Karunde are both transfers to the program with Caroline from Wayland Baptist and Winrose from ACU. Terra has been here from the start of her collegiate career while her sister Taylor transferred from LSU this past summer.
The Red Raiders have had an All-American hurdler every year since 2005. The streak began with Marlon Odom in 2005 in the 110M hurdles. Odom earned All-America honors in the 110M hurdles in 2006 and 2007 while also earning the honor in the 60M hurdles in 2007. Other names such as Bryan Scott, All-American in the 400M hurdles in 2006 and 2007, and Shawon Harris, All-American in 2006 in the 60M hurdles and 600M hurdles, have kept the streak alive. Harris was also named an All-American in the 110M hurdles and 60M hurdles in 2008. Omo Osaghae continued the streak for Tech in the 110M hurdles in 2008 and then the 60M hurdles in 2009.
Markus Henderson, Omo Osaghae and Gil Roberts are the three retuning All-Americans for the 2010 season. Henderson was a member of the NCAA Indoor 4x400M relay that was named All-American. Osaghae was the 60M hurdle national runner-up while Roberts was the national runner-up in the 400M and a member of the 4x400M relay as well.
13 NCAA Individual Champions
Tech has compiled 13 NCAA Individual Champions in its program history. The most recent was from D'Andra Carter as she won the 2009 NCAA Discus title in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was the first field event national title in program history and the 12th title on the female side.
The Terry and Linda Fuller track was named the American Sports Builders Association's Facility of the Year Award in December. The facility was renovated and a Super Mondo X track was put down and Tech hosted the 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Championships the past May.