Tech Sets Sights on NCAA Indoor Championships

Purity Biwott and Caroline Karunde

Purity Biwott and Caroline Karunde
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March 11, 2010

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The Lady Raiders and No. 6 Red Raiders are off to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships being held in the Randall Tyson Track Center.

Tech will be traveling with 17 student-athletes, which is the most the program has ever taken to compete to a NCAA Indoor Championships.

The contingency will be led by All-American Omo Osaghae. The runner-up in the 60M Hurdles at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships has the second-fastest time in the NCAA at 7.63. He is a two-time Big 12 Champion and a two-time NCAA All-American.

The group has young standouts as well as freshmen Bryce Lamb and Shade Weygandt are both ranked in the top five in their respective events. Both were named The Big 12 Indoor Outstanding Freshmen and set Big 12 meet and school records winning three titles. Lamb won both the long jump and triple jump titles while Weygandt won the women's pole vault.

Tech will be sending three relays for the first time to the national meet. The distance medley relay will be Purity Biwott, Trudeann Clarke, Gladys Kipsang and Caroline Karunde. It is the first time Tech has qualified a distance medley relay for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The women's 4x400M relay of Candace Jackson, Clarke, Erica Alexander and Taylor Evans will be the first time Tech has run a relay at the national meet for the first time since 2005. The men's 4x400M relay of Bryce Brown, Zach Plinario, Jamaal Butler and LaToy Williams will be looking for its second-straight All-American honor in the event.

The 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships will begin this Friday at 10 a.m. and conclude at 9:20 p.m. Saturday's events will start at 11 a.m. and conclude at 9:05 a.m. Live results can be followed at www.flashresults.com.

Mountain Regional Awards
Bryce Lamb and Rock Light were honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Mountain Regional Men's Field Athlete of the Year and the Mountain Regional Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively. It is the first award for both.

National Rankings
Several Red Raiders have positioned themselves in the top 20 with some impressive marks. Omo Osaghae, 7.63, 60M H, 2nd
Jansen Hyde, 7.76, 60M H, 10th
Caroline Karunde, 4:40.82, Mile, 13th
Purity Biwott, 4:41.31, Mile, 16th
Men's, 3:07.27, 4x400M, 7th
Women's, 3:35.22, 4x400M, 6th
Women's, 11:10.28, DMR, 9th
Shade Weygandt, 4.33 (14'-2.50"), PV, 5th
Brian Porter, 5.38 (17'-7.75"), PV, T-10th
Bryce Lamb, 8.14 (26'-8.50"), LJ, 2nd
Bryce Lamb, 16.47 (54'-00.50"), TJ, 2nd
Darrell Roddick, 16.30 (53'-5.75), TJ, 6th
Kelsey Lloyd, 3989 points, Pentathlon, 14th

Team Rankings
The Red Raiders head into the meet ranked No. 6 by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The squad moved up one spot from a week ago and this is the highest ranking of the season for Tech.

Record Number Competing
Tech is taking 17 student-athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships which is the most in program history. Tech will have three relays, two triple jumpers, long jumper, two pole vaulters, a pentathtlete, two hurdlers and two milers.

Big 12 Postseason Awards
Freshman Bryce Lamb and Shade Weygandt were honored by the Big 12 with postseason honors. Lamb was named the Big 12 Indoor Performer of the Year and Outstanding Freshman while Weygandt was named the women's Big 12 Outstanding Freshman.

Record Breaking Performances
Two freshmen won Big 12 titles with clutch record breaking performances. Shade Weygandt had to set a new personal best and Big 12 meet record of 4.33M (14'-2.50") and had to beat the Big 12 Indoor defending champion to win her first title. Bryce Lamb won the men's triple jump on his final jump with a mark of 16.47M (54'-00.50"). His mark is a school record and Big 12 meet record. Lamb's long jump title was secured when he ran down the runway on his final attempt, but he let people know who won after the jump. His last jump sent him to No. 2 on the NCAA list and No. 7 in the world with a jump of 8.14M (26'-8.50").

High Point Performer
Freshman Bryce Lamb won the Big 12 High Point Performer of the Big 12 Indoor Championships with his wins in the long jump and triple jump. He is the first Red Raider to win the award on the men's side and first since Sally Kipyego in 2008.

Seven Titles for Tech
The seven Big 12 titles that Tech won at the Big 12 Indoor Championships is the most at an indoor conference meet since last season when the squad won six. The titles came from Purity Biwott (800M), Caroline Karunde (mile), Bryce Lamb (triple jump and long jump), Shade Weygandt (pole vault), LaToy Williams (600M) and the women's distance medley relay of C. Karunde, Biwott, Gladys Kipsang and Taylor Evans.

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.

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.

Family Connections
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.

Hurdle All-Americans
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.

Returning All-Americans
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.

Facility Honors
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.




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