Tech Set For 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships
Texas Tech will compete at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships March 8-9 at the Randal-Tyson Track Center.
March 7, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - With a contingent of four student-athletes and a record setting 4x400 relay team, the No. 11 Red Raiders and Lady Raiders are set to compete this weekend at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. The national meet begins Friday inside the Randal-Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus and will continue all day Saturday.
"We're excited for this weekend," head coach Wes Kittley, in his 14th season at the helm of the program, said. "We have a great group of athletes set to compete, and all of them have a chance at becoming All-Americans."
Action at the Randal-Tyson Track Center is set to begin 10 a.m. Friday with the men's heptathlon and the women's pentathlon while events on the track will begin at 5:30 p.m. The meet will be broadcast by ESPN3 live Friday from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7-9:30 p.m.
The Texas Tech group is led by 2012 NCAA Cross Country Champion and two-time Big 12 Indoor Champion Kennedy Kithuka. The Mountain Region Male Track Athlete of the Year holds the No. 1 time nationally in the 5,000-meter run (13:26.65) and the No. 4 time nationally in the 3,000-meter run (7:50.26). Both times are current school records, while the 5,000-meter run performance came inside the Randal-Tyson Track Center at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 8. Senior Bryce Lamb (triple jump) and sophomore Kole Weldon (shot put) round out the Red Raider contingent.
Meanwhile, the Lady Raiders will be led by both senior Katie Grimes and the current school record holding 4x400 relay team. Grimes enters the meet with the No. 6 time nationally in the 60-meter hurdles as she broke her own school record in the event with a time of 8.16 seconds at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9.
The Lady Raider 4x400 relay team, comprised of Amoy Blake, Cierra White, Christen Rivers and Candace Jackson broke a 9-year-old school record last week at the Alex Wilson Invitational crossing the finish line with a time of 3:33.72 and moving to No. 10 nationally entering this weekend.
The squad will look to become the first in school history to earn All-America honors in back-to-back seasons.
Representing the Red Raiders in the throws, Weldon will look to cap his remarkable sophomore campaign with All-America honors. The Jacksboro, Texas native owns each of the top-five marks in the men's indoor shot put after breaking the school record twice this year - most recently in a runner-up performance at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.