Red Raiders Pile Up 26 NCAA Regional Marks
April 19, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Even though the Texas Tech track squad was at three meets, the NCAA Regional marks continue to add up as 26 marks were brought home.
The women's discus throwers swept the top three spots with NCAA Regional throws. D'Andra Carter won with a throw of 172'-04". Patience Knight and Ozie Okolie finished in second and third with throws of 161'-05 and 157'-05" respectively. The men had Brett McDaniel throw 163'-04" for a third place finish.
Okolie also won the women's hammer throw with a NCAA Regional throw of 183'-11"
The running at Arkansas brought good results. Chep Boit won the 3K steeplechase with her first NCAA Regional time of 10:46.99. The women's 800M brought back two NCAA Regional marks. Asia Diaz and Gladys Kipsang ran their first NCAA Regional times of 2:08.33 and 2:08.68 respectively. Shannon Jackson ran a personal best time of 2:12.60.
Waylon Randolph also added his name to the list of Red Raiders who qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships. He jumped a personal best of 24'-3" for eighth place.
Mike Cast won the men's javelin with a NCAA Regional throw of 210'-05" while Paden Behrens threw a 184'-02" for ninth place.
The shot putters ended the John McDonnell Relays. The men had Harrison Benjamin finish in third with a NCAA Regional throw of 56'-1" and Tyler Menges threw 55'-00.75" for fifth place. Knight earned fifth place for the women with a NCAA Regional mark of 48'-11.75. Finishing in sixth was Carter with a NCAA Regional distance of 47'-11".
The sprint group that traveled to TCU had a successful weekend. The men's 110M hurdles had all four runners reach a NCAA Regional qualifying time. Shawon Harris won the event with a 13.64. Omo Osaghe (14.10), Jansen Hyde (14.19) and Nathan Lowry (14.25) finished third, fourth and fifth. Sandra Iwunze finished fifth with a personal best and NCAA Regional time of 13.89.
Iwunze, who has the second fastest time in the nation, ran against tough competition in the 400M hurdles and finished in second place. Her NCAA Regional time of 59.40 was second to Kishelle Paul who has the third fastest time in that nation.
The men's hurdlers followed the 110M hurdlers lead as they swept the 400M hurdles. Harris won with a NCAA Regional time of 50.66. Wouter Le Roux was right behind in second with a time of 50.88 and Hyde placed third with a time of 51.81.