Tech Track Travels for UNLV Invitational|
March 30, 2006
Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech track and field will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the UNLV Invitational, Sat., April 1, at UNLV Myron Partridge Stadium. Field events will begin at 11 a.m. with the running events starting at 12:30 p.m.
Joining Tech on the track, along with the hosting Running Rebels, will be Northern Arizona, Dayton, Southern Illinois, Manhattan, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and St. John's.
On this week's National Performance List, Tech has 10 athletes ranked in the top 20 of six events. Highlighting the list are Tech's three top 10 performances in the 200M with Andrae Williams leading the list, Michael Mathieu at No. 6 and freshman Ryan Varner at No. 9. The Red Raiders also have two in the top 10 of the 110M hurdles list with Marlon Odom at third and Shawon Harris at sixth.
Last weekend at the Wes Kittley Open, Tech tracksters posted 13 regional qualifying marks in seven events.
Freshman D'Andra Carter set a new school record and R.P. Fuller Stadium record in the discus in her first outdoor event as a Red Raider. Carter won the discus with a regional qualifying mark of 171'-5", replacing the previous school record of 169'-3", set by Megan Schuessler in 2003.
Patience Knight finished second in the discus with a regional qualifying mark of 165'-3". Knight also finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 136'-10".
Tia Barginear set a new school record in the 400M hurdles with her clocking of 1:01.28. She replaced the school record of 1:01.36, set in 2001.
In the men's 200M, the Red Raiders took a 1-2-3 finish. Williams won the event with a regional qualifying clocking of 20.81. Mathieu finished second with a 21.00. Varner ran a personal-best 21.11, good for a third-place finish and a regional qualifying time.
Defending Big 12 champion and Lubbock native Bryan Scott finished second in the 400M hurdles with a clocking 51.74, also a regional qualifying time.
Brad Kring marked regional qualifying throws in the discus with a throw of 178'-4" and in the shot put with a toss of 55'-2". Harrison Benjamin also qualified in the shot put with his winning throw of 58'-7.5".
For complete results of the UNLV Invitational, visit www.unlvrebels.com. For complete details of Texas Tech track and field, visit www.texastech.com.