Track to Run at ACU Invite and Bayou Classic
March 25, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The Texas Tech track squad will split and travel to two different meets this weekend as a majority will run tomorrow at the ACU Invitational in Abilene, Texas, and a few distance runners will be at the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic hosted by Rice University in Houston, Texas on Friday.
The ACU Invite will see the outdoor debut for some student-athletes. Omo Osaghae (110M H), Gil Roberts (200M), Patience Knight (shot put) and Anthony Flemons (long jump, triple jump) will all be competing in their first meet for the outdoor season. Amanda Alley, D'Andra Carter, Jamele Mason, Darrell Roddick and Ozie Okolie look to improve on their NCAA Regional marks from last week.
The Victor Lopez Bayou Classic has Zack Dawson, Asia Diaz, Michelle Guzman, Silas Kemboi, Gladys Kipsang, Cory Higgins, Gilbert Limo, Nathan Milles and Kaci Westervelt running for Tech. The group will run Friday night starting with the 1500M at 7:40 p.m.
Tech begins competing at the ACU Invitational at 3:30 p.m. with the field events and the running begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tech competed at the TCU Invitational and earned eight titles. Four NCAA Regional marks were earned at the meet. D'Andra Carter threw two marks, one in the discus (172'-11") and the other in the shot put (49'-6.5"). Jamele Mason ran his first regional mark in the 110M hurdles (14.23). Ozie Okolie threw 190'-04" in the hammer. Darrell Roddick jumped 51'-00" to qualify and Amanda Alley cleared 12'-11.50".
Female Athlete of Week
D'Andra Carter, the two-time All-American won the discus throw with a NCAA Regional mark of 172'-11" and is the second-best in the nation currently. Carter followed it up by placing third in the shot put with throw of 49'-6.5". Her shot put marks qualifies for the NCAA Regional meet as well.
An Amazing Career
Senior Sally Kipyego ended her career at the NCAA Indoor Championships becoming only the second female in NCAA Division I track & field history to win nine NCAA titles. She tied Suzy Favor as she won her third-straight 5,000M title which no other female has done.
Program Best Finishes
The Texas Tech track & field program had its best NCAA Indoor Championship in history. The women finished in ninth with 21 points. It is the highest finish and most points scored in the program's history. The men made history as they finished in 13th place with 18 points.
Sally Kipyego became the first female in NCAA Division I history to win three NCAA Division I Indoor 5,000M titles.
Tech earned nine All-American honors this past week at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Sally Kipyego earned her 11th and 12th All-American honor in her illustrious career. Gil Roberts earned his second and third All-American award in the 400M and 4x400M relay. Tim Foster and Rodney Mims both earned their second award in the 4x400M relay. Patience Knight earned her second as well in the shot put. Omo Osaghae earned his first indoor and second All-American honor overall. Markus Henderson collected his first All-American honor in the 4x400M relay.
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.
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.