Kithuka Sets Second Straight Course Record|
Kennedy Kithuka captured his second straight first place finish Friday night breaking the Meadowbrook course record.
Sept. 14, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Led by a second straight record-breaking performance from junior Kennedy Kithuka, the Red Raiders captured a first place finish Friday night at the Meadowbrook Golf Course in the Texas Tech Red Raider Open.
"The men's team ran together very well as a group," head coach Jon Murray said. "We had some outstanding individual performances from Kennedy and Ezekiel, and that nice group following afterwards. That's why they are going to be successful because they are going to do it as a group."
Ktihuka crossed the finish line with a time of 23:38.44 in the 8,000-meter race to break the previous course record of 24:27.60 by nearly a minute. The Wayland Baptist transfer led a 1-2 Red Raider finish as teammate Ezekiel Kissorio followed in second with a time of 24:57.91 as the men's team finished first overall with 23 points.
"It was a nice course," Kithuka said. "I was excited to run it because I felt it fit my strength. I just wanted to push hard and take the race. That's what I wanted to do."
The impressive performance followed a second place finish by the Lady Raiders who completed the 5,000-meter race with a team total of 53 points.
Kithuka's performance marked the second time in two meets that he set a course record. In the season-opener on Aug. 31 he broke the course record at the Texas Tech Open in Ruidoso, N.M. with a time of 19:40.80 in the four-mile run.
The Lady Raiders were paced by Chelsea Scott who earned her second consecutive top-five finish crossing the line fifth with a time of 19:37.94. She was followed by teammates Madeline Livergood who finished 10th with a time of 19:50.47 and Rachel Folan who finished 12th with a time of 20:04.44.
Texas Tech will now prepare for the Kansas Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence set for Sept. 29.