Tech Headed for One Last Chance Meet|
March 6, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The No 11 Red Raiders and No 11. Lady Raiders will send a select group of student-athletes to the Iowa State Last Chance meet for one more chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas on March 13-14.
The Lady Raider has Amanda Alley going for the pole vault as she currently sits 26th on the national list with a mark of 13'-3.75". Asia Diaz and Gladys Kipsang will run the 800M for a chance to make it to nationals. Kipsang is 40th on the national list with a time of 2:08.62.
The Red Raiders take a group that will run the triple jump, 60M hurdles, 400M and 4x400m relay. Jamele Mason is the lone particpant to run in the 60M hurdles. The freshman has a personal best time of 7.91.
Lamont Adams and Rodney Mims are entered in the 400M and Darrell Roddick will try to improve on his season-best jump of 51'-9.25" in the triple jump. Roddick is 21st on the national list. The Red Raiders also has its 4x400M relay entered in the meet.
The Iowa State Last Chance meet starts at 10:30 a.m. with the field events and the running events begin at 11;25 a.m. on Saturday. Live results of the meet can be found at www.cyclones.com
Texas Tech brought home six Big 12 titles over the two-day Big 12 Indoor Championships held in College Station, Texas last weekend The No. 11 Lady Raiders finished a program-best second place with 103.5. Sally Kipyego (3000M) and Patience Knight (shot put) both defended their titles with NCAA automatic marks of 9:09.83 and 56'-2" in the shot. Gil Roberts won Tech's first Big 12 title in the men's 400M. It was the first time in five years Baylor failed to win the men's 400M. Lillian Badaru won her first Big 12 title in the 5,000M and the distance medley relay of Asia Diaz, Jonisha Boleware, Gladys Kipsang and Kipyego set a school record of 11:13.77 to win the race. Omo Osaghae won his first Big 12 Championship in the 60M hurdles with a time of 7.75.
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders continue its stay in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association indoor rankings compiled by Tom Lewis. The men dropped to No. 11. The Red Raiders are the sixth-ranked Big 12 school as seven total are in the top 25. The Lady Raiders jumped up six spots in this week polls. Tech is the second ranked Big 12 school and a total of five schools are ranked in the top 25.
12 Big 12 Titles
When Sally Kipyego crossed the line winning the 3,000M for the third-straight year it gave the senior her 12th individual Big 12 title of her career. No other athlete in any sport has won more individual titles in the Big 12.
Gil Roberts broke his school-record at the Big 12 Championships with a NCAA automatic time of 46.08 in the 400M. Roberts win broke a five-year streak of Baylor wins in the 400M.
Texas Tech extended its dominance in the 60M hurdles last weekend as Omo Osaghae won the program's third-straight Big 12 title. Marlon Odom (2007) and Shawon Harris (2008) started the string of title for Tech.
Program Best Finish
Tech's finished a program best second place at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The previous best finish for the Lady Raiders was third in 2006 and 2007.
12-Year Old School Record Broke
Tori Smith set a new school record in the 55M hurdles with a time of 7.85. She broke a 12-year old record of 7.89 held by Ami Peters set back in 1997.
Gil Roberts 20th 200M 21.09 1st 400M 46.08 Gilbert Limo 38th Mile 4:03.25 Omo Osaghae 4th 60M H 7.72 Men's 8th 4x400M 3:08.48 Anthony Flemons 12th LJ 25'-6" Anthony Flemons 7th TJ 53'-00.25" Darrell Roddick 21st TJ 51'-9.25" Harrison Benjamin 20th SP 59'-7" Terra Evans 28th 60M 7.41 Terra Evans 27th 200M 23.87 Trudeann Clarke 37th 400M 54.40 Gladys Kipsang 40th 800M 2:08.62 Sally Kipyego 2nd Mile 4:27.19 Gladys Kipsang 63rd Mile 4:47.10 Sally Kipyego 7th 3,000M 9:09.83 Lillian Badaru 50th 3,000M 9:28.90 Sally Kipyego 2nd 5,000M 15:54.36 Lillian Badaru 18th 5,000M 16:16.33 Women's 25th 4x400M 3:39.74 Women's 13th DMR 11:13.77 Kelsey Lloyd 32nd HJ 5'-10" Amanda Alley 26th PV 13'-3.75" Patience Knight 3rd SP 56'-2" D'Andra Carter 25th SP 51'-2.75" Ozie Okolie 8th WT 66'-3.75"
Anthony Flemons' jump of 53'-00.75" is the third-best jump in school history and a personal best for the junior.
Adding to the List
Sally Kipyego won the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Boston Indoor Games. She set a NCAA and school record running a time of 8:48.77 in the 3,000M.
Another School Record in the Books
Junior Ozie Okolie bested her school record in the weight throw by two feet and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with the throw of 66'-3.75".
Big 12 AOW
Sophomore Gil Roberts earned his first Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors for his performance at the Texas Tech Invitational on Jan. 17th. He won the 400M in impressive fashion with a NCAA provisional and personal-best time of 46.59.
School Record Broke
Omo Osaghae broke a year-old school record held by former teammate Shawon Harris on Sat., Jan. 17th. He won the 55M hurdles with a NCAA provisional and personal-best time of 7.17.
Star Studded Returners
Texas Tech has a total of eight All-Americans returning for the 2009 season. The group is highlighted by eight-time NCAA champion Sally Kipyego. Two-time All-American throwers Patience Knight and D'Andra Carter are the other women retuning. The men have Anthony Flemons, Tim Foster, Rodney Mims, Omo Osaghae and Gil Roberts.
History in the Making
Senior Sally Kipyego is entering her final season as a Lady Raider and has the potential to make history. During the fall, the Kenyan native became the first male or female in Division I history to win three-straight NCAA cross country individual championships. Kipyego has eight NCAA individual titles and could tie Wisconsin's Suzy Favor who has the most female individual titles in track & field and cross country NCAA history with nine.
Tech has 27 newcomers for the season. The men boast the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation by Track and Field News and the class is highlighted by Markus Henderson, Jamele Mason and Brandon Tucker. The women have a strong group of freshmen and transfers. Lillian Badaru has already made a name for herself as she earned her first All-American honor in cross country last fall.
The Texas Tech track program added a new face as Roy Williams, a former TCU All-American, was hired to coach sprints and relays. Williams spent the last three years at the University of Texas at Arlington as the associate head coach of sprints, relays, jumps and hurdles. He coached an Olympic qualifier in the 200M and 4x100M relay and an All-American in the 110M hurdles during his tenure.
This season marks the 10th year that head coach Wes Kittley has been with the Texas Tech track & field program. Since then his program has had nine NCAA champions and 97 All-American honors.