Caroline Jepleting Wins Big 12 Cross Country Championship
Caroline Jepleting won her first career meet while posting the second fastest time ever at the Big 12 meet (6K)
Oct. 29, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas Tech senior Caroline Jepleting won the women's cross country Big 12 Championships with a time of 19:30.3, the second fastest time in the meet's history (6K) on Saturday morning at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station, Texas.
The Lady Raiders finished in fifth place at the Big 12 Championships with 126 points while the Texas Tech men's team claimed 10th place with 314 points at the event.
Iowa State won the 6K women's meet (68 points) for its first-ever conference championship while the Oklahoma State Cowboys took home its fourth consecutive title with 30 points in the 8K men's competition.
"Team wise, we were a little disappointed to finish in fifth," head coach Jon Murray said. "We were hoping to get into the top four. It was a great effort from all of our ladies as they got out there and gave it their very best. I'm proud of all of them."
The Texas Tech women's team highlighted the top 10 finishers as senior Rose Tanui, the Big 12 defending champion, finished in third place with a time of 19:43.4 and senior Purity Biwott took 10th place with a time of 20:01.3. The Lady Raiders were the only program to have two runners in the top five and three runners in the top 10.
"As for Caroline Jepleting, it is just outstanding for her to win this event in her final year. Rose gave it everything she had. At the very end an Iowa State girl passed her (Rose) and then Caroline was right there to pick up the slack and finished very strong. She gave just an outstanding effort to give this program another Big 12 individual champion. It is a great tribute to Caroline and to all of the work that she has done this year."
The men's team had two of its runners competing in the Big 12 Championships for the second time while its six other runners were experiencing their first Big 12 meet.
"It was disappointing finishing last in conference," Murray said. "But it was just another great learning experience for this very young group. It was the majority of our team's first experience at the Big 12 meet. They gained a lot of experience and learned they need to step up to compete at this level of competition. Overall, I'm proud of the effort they put into this meet."
Sophomore Reid Strong was the top finisher for the Red Raiders taking 70th place with a time of 26:04.2. Tech's other top finishers included junior Brendan Devlin (80th place - 27:11.4) and junior Valentino Julien (83rd place - 27:11.4).
In addition, three Lady Raiders were named All-Big 12 with top-15 finishes as Jepleting, Tanui and Biwott all received all-conference honors.