Tech Running in 82nd Texas Relays this Week|
April 1, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The Texas Tech track teams will be in Austin, Texas, this weekend for the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays which starts for Tech on Thursday.
Tech has various different relays running at the Texas Relays this week. The No. 18 Lady Raiders will run a 4x400M, 4x800M and distance medley relay, while the No. 20 Red Raiders will run the 4x200M, 4x400M, 4x1500M and distance medley relay.
The trio of female throwers will try to duplicate last year's success in the discus, hammer and shot put. D'Andra Carter won the `A' division of the discus with a then school-record throw of 181`-03". Ozie Okolie set a school record of 207'-03" in the hammer and Patience Knight was the top collegian in the shot put (55'-5.50"). Sandra Iwunze also set a then school record of 57.73 in the 400M hurdles.
Competition begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with the hammer throw and then followed at 4:30 p.m. with the preliminaries of the 400M hurdles. Live results of the Texas Relays can be found at www.texassports.com.
Last Week Last week the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders competed in two meets. The ACU Triangular meet had Tech bring home nine NCAA regional marks. The throwers collected five of those marks. Brett McDaniel threw 170'-10" in the discus placing third. Patience Knight had two marks one in the discus (164'10") and one in the shot put (53'-11.25"). D'Andra Carter threw her second regional mark in the discus with a mark of 157'-10". Ozie Okolie improved on last week's throw with a distance of 198'-03". Omo Osaghae qualified in the 110M hurdles with a 13.95 and Jamele Mason added his name in the 400M hurdles with a 52.22. Rodney Mims ran a 47.10 in the 400M for his first regional mark of the year. Amanda Alley cleared 13'-2.50" as she improved on her first regional mark of 12'-11.50". At the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic, Gilbert Limo ran his first regional mark in the 3K steeplechase with a time of 9:00.64.
National Rank 400M Rodney Mims 13th 3K SC Gilbert Limo 9th 110M H Omo Osaghae 8th 110M H Jamele Mason 27th 400M H Jamele Mason 23rd TJ Darrell Roddick 5th DT Brett McDaniel 31st PV Amanda Alley 8th SP Patience Knight 2nd SP D'Andra Carter 23rd DT D'Andra Carter 2nd DT Patience Knight 9th HT Ozie Okolie 8th
USTFCCCA Rankings Both the Texas Tech men and women begin the outdoor season, in the preseason addition of the USTFCCCA rankings compiled by Tom Lewis. The Red Raiders open at No. 20. The men are the fifth-ranked Big 12 school. The Lady Raiders start the season at No. 18 as they are the fourth ranked Big 12 squad.
Freshman Jamele Mason, in only two meets so far during the outdoor season has regionally qualified for two events. At the TCU Invitational he ran a 14.23 to qualify in the 110M hurdles and he turns around a week later to run a 52.22 to qualify in the 400M hurdles.
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.