Raiders Looking to Qualify at Last Chance Meets

Shawon Harris will look to continue his NCAA qualifying efforts at Iowa State on Saturday.

Shawon Harris will look to continue his NCAA qualifying efforts at Iowa State on Saturday.
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March 2, 2006

Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech track and field will part ways this weekend, as select athletes will head to Washington Last Chance and Iowa State Last Chance. Both meets will be held on Sat., March 4.

Pole vaulters Bobby Most, Sage Thames, Amanda Alley and Lindsey Walesheck will be traveling to Seattle, Wash., for the Washington Last Chance. Lacy Wilson (high jump), Marlon Odom (60M hurdles), Shawon Harris (60M hurdles) and the 4x400M relay (Albert Booker, Zach Glavash, Michael Mathieu and Andrae Williams) will be competing at the Iowa State Last Chance, in Ames, Iowa.

Currently, the Red Raiders have posted three NCAA automatic qualifying marks (Tori Polk - long jump, Kevin Chelimo - 3000M, Glavash - 800M) and 42 NCAA provisional qualifying marks in 11 events.

In the current Trackwire25 poll, the men's squad is ranked No. 25. In the Dandy Dozen, Glavash is seated at No. 3 in the 800M, Daryl Burgess is ninth in the 60M hurdles and the 4x400M relay (Mathieu, Harris, Glavash and Williams) is at the No. 7 spot.

On the women's side of the Dandy Dozen, Tori Polk is seated at eighth in the long jump and Misty Coley is listed at ninth in the high jump.

On the national performance list, Glavash is sitting at No. 2 in the nation and No. 5 in the world in the 800M with his school record time of 1:46.80, set at the Big 12 Championships. Chelimo is sitting at ninth on the 3000M list. Burgess is fourth in the 60M hurdles. The men's 4x400M relay has the eight-best time in the nation at 3:07.62. Thames is seated at 14th in the pole vault with his clearance of 17'-7".

On the women's side, Althea Chambers is ranked 16th in the 800M. Coley is sitting at the 11th spot on the high jump list. Polk has the fifth-best long jump in the country with her mark of 21'-2.75".

For the complete national performance list, visit www.trackshark.com. For a complete world performance list, visit www.iaaf.org.

Last weekend at the Big 12 Championships, the women placed a program-high third and the men's team matched their program-high of fourth. The Red Raiders took one individual title, four second-place finishes and broke three school records.

Chambers won the Big 12 title in the 800M with her clocking of 2:06.94, a new Big 12 Championships meet record, the second-best mark in school history and a personal best. The time is also Chambers' second provisional qualifying clocking of the season.

In the 800M, Glavash crushed Jonathan Johnson's school record of 1:47.22, set in 2005, with his time of 1:46.80. The clocking was good for a second-place finish behind defending Outdoor National Champion Dmitrijs Milkevics of Nebraska and is also an NCAA automatic qualifying time.

In the finals of the 60M hurdles, Burgess claimed a second-place finish with a new school record of 7.77. Harris finished fourth with a 7.87 and Odom clocked a 7.92, good for a fifth-place finish. Burgess and Harris also posted NCAA provisional qualifying times.

Coley and Wilson combined for a 2-3 finish, respectively, in the high jump and 14 points. Coley and Wilson both cleared the bar set at 5'-10", an NCAA provisional mark.

For complete details of the Iowa State Last Chance, visit www.cyclones.com. For complete details of the Washington Last Chance, visit www.gohuskies.com. All results will be posted to www.texastech.com upon completion of the meets.




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