Texas Tech Lady Raiders are three-time defending Big 12 Conference Champions
Oct. 28, 2011
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TEXAS TECH TO COMPETE IN BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
This weekend the Texas Tech men's and women's cross country squads will compete in the 2011 Big 12 Championships in College Station at the Pebble Creek Country Club. It marks the second time Texas A&M has hosted the event, also playing host in 1999. The Lady Raiders are three-time defending champions of the event, capturing titles in 2008 (Ames, Iowa), 2009 (Columbia, Mo.) and 2010 (Stillwater, Okla.). The men's team finished in 10th place a year ago.
Meet: Big 12 Championships
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: College Station, Texas
Host: Texas A&M University
Course: Pebble Creek Country Club
Men's Meet (8K): 10 a.m. (CT)
Women's Meet (6K): 11 a.m. (CT)
Meet Results: www.Big12Sports.com
Video Highlights: www.Big12Sports.com
Texas Tech Results: www.TexasTech.com
LADY RAIDERS LOOK TO BUILD OF THREE CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Lady Raiders are one of the top cross country programs in the nation, and the Big 12 Conference has taken notice over the past few years. Tech's women won the program's first conference title in 2008 at Ames, Iowa, and then went back-to-back with a championship in 2009 at Columbia, Mo. Last season, Texas Tech became just the second program in conference history (Colorado, 1999-2007, 8 consecutive) to win three consecutive conference titles.
RUNNERS AIM FOR TEAM TITLE, INDIVIDUAL ALL-CONFERENCE ACCOLADES
The formula is simple at the Big 12 Championships: the men's and women's team that finishes at the top will be crowned Big 12 Champions. The top 15 runners in both the men's and women's meet, they will receive All-Conference honors. Last year the women's team had four runners finish in the top 15 to receive All-Big 12 recognition (Rose Tanui, Caroline Jepleting, Caroline Karunde, Winrose Karunde).
EIGHT TEXAS TECH RUNNERS RECEIVE ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
The Texas Tech cross country teams were well represented when the Big 12 Conference announced its All-Academic teams. The men's squad had four runners represented on the first team (Brendan Devlin, Kade Parker, Reid Strong, Valentino Julien) while the women's team had three runners make first team (Devin Bailey, Purity Biwott, Caroline Jepleting) and one student-athlete make second team (Chelsea Scott).
WOMEN'S TEAM PUTS STREAK ON THE LINE: 22 CONSECUTIVE TOP-5 FINISHES
The Texas Tech women's team will put its streak of 22 consecutive top-five finishes on the line as they compete in the Big 12 Championships this weekend. The streak dates back to the start of the 2008 season, as the last time Texas Tech didn't finish as a team in the top five was 18th place at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 19, 2007.
TANUI LOOKS TO CONTINUE HER IMPRESSIVE RUN OF TITLES
Senior Rose Tanui has had a successful run during her two years at Tech. The returning All-American has won seven meet championships since joining the Lady Raiders in 2010. So far this season the Kenya native has finished in first place in three of the four meets of the season.
LADY RAIDERS PLACE THE MOST RUNNERS IN TOP 10 AT CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL
The Lady Raiders made a strong showing at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 15 with two runners in the top 10 (Rose Tanui - 3rd, Carolina Jepleting - 7th). Tech was the only women's team to have a pair of runners in the top 10. Tech also had senior Purity Biwott (13th) finish among the top 15.
MURRAY AND LADY RAIDERS CONTINUE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS
Head cross country coach Jon Murray has led the Lady Raiders to two meet titles this year and to a total of 12 meet championships dating back to 2009. Overall, Murray has coached four individual runners who have captured a total of 13 meet championships since 2009. At the top of that list is current All-American Rose Tanui (7). The past three years the following Lady Raiders have won meet titles: Rose Tanui (7), Lillian Badaru (3), Gladys Kipsang (2), Sally Kipyego (1).
Rose Tanui IS DEFENDING BIG 12 CHAMPIONSIHPS CHAMPION
Rose Tanui made her mark on the Big 12 Conference in her first season running in the league. In 2010, Tanui captured the Big 12 title with a time of 20:04.34 in the 6K event in Stillwater, Okla. She crossed the finish line 14 seconds ahead of the competition while Iowa State's sophomore Betsy Saina finished at 20:18.55. Tanui's time marked the best by a Big 12 runner at the league championships since former Lady Raider All-American Sally Kipyego led the Lady Raiders to their first conference crown in 2008 with a time of 19:45.0 at the ISU Cross Country Course in Ames, Iowa.
TEXAS TECH WOMEN'S TEAM RECEIVES VOTES IN MOST RECENT NATIONAL POLL
The Texas Tech women's program has become a household name in cross country. The Lady Raiders have won three consecutive Big 12 Championships and last year finished third place in the NCAA Championships - the program's highest finish ever. This week the Lady Raiders received three points in the poll. Here is a look at where the Lady Raiders have ranked this season:
2011 NCAA DIVISION I NATIONAL COACHES' POLL
Preseason (Aug. 30): No. 20
Week 1 (Sept. 13) No. 22
Week 2 (Sept. 20) No. 24
Week 3 (Sept. 27) No. 25
Week 4 (Oct. 4) RV
Week 5 (Oct. 18) RV
Week 6 (Oct. 25) RV
LADY RAIDERS HAVE BEEN RANKED OR RECEIVED VOTES IN 52 CONSECUTIVE NATIONAL POLLS
The Texas Tech women's cross country program has established itself as a household name across the country the past several years. In fact, the Lady Raiders have been ranked or received votes in 52 consecutive national polls.
TANUI CLAIMS SECOND BIG 12 RUNNER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Texas Tech senior All-American Rose Tanui claimed her second Big 12 Runner of the Week award after winning the Grass Routes Festival in Austin on Sept. 30 with a winning time of 21:13.4, defeating teammate Caroline Jepleting by three seconds. The victory marks her third of the season and seventh of her career.
MEN'S TEAM FINISHES SECOND AT TEXAS TECH OPEN AMONG 11-TEAM FIELD
The Texas Tech Red Raiders finished second in a field of 11 teams its Texas Tech Open on Sept. 16. The Red Raiders were paced by four runners who all placed within the top 20 of the meet. Leading the team was junior Valentino Julien who crossed the finish line in 10th place with a time of 26:14.88, marking his best finish in an 8K meet since claiming sixth place at the Richard Clark Invitational last year.
Rose Tanui CAPTURES FIRST CAREER BIG 12 RUNNER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Senior Rose Tanui received her first Big 12 Runner of the Week award after winning the first meet of the season at the Texas Tech Ruidoso Open with a time of 17:38.2. The win marked Tanui's fifth career and it was the second straight year she won the Ruidoso Open.
Brendan Devlin FINISHES SECOND IN CAREER DEBUT AT TTU RUIDOSO OPEN
Texas Tech sophomore Brendan Devlin made his cross country debut a memorable one in the first meet of the season while finishing second at the Texas Tech Ruidoso Open with a time of 22:12.3 on the four-mile course on Friday, Sept. 2. Devlin was one of six Red Raiders to finish in the 15 of the meet. He finished just ahead of Texas Tech junior Valentino Julien, who posted a time of 22:16.1, which marked his fastest career time at the meet.
FORMER LADY RAIDER SALLY KIPYEGO WINS SILVER MEDAL AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Former Texas Tech Lady Raider Sally Kipyego placed second in the 10,000M at the IAAF World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea. She becomes Texas Tech's first medal winner at a World Championship or Olympic event. While at Texas Tech, Kipyego won nine NCAA Championships and set the NCAA record in the 10,000M. Kipyego is the only female in NCAA history to win three consecutive individual cross country titles. She is only the second female in NCAA history to win nine individual NCAA Championships.
CROSS COUNTRY SQUADS FEATURE BALANCE BETWEEN RETURNERS AND NEWCOMERS
The Texas Tech men's and women's cross country teams will feature a mix of returning runners and newcomers this year. The women's team has six returning runners, including senior All-American Rose Tanui who finished in fifth place at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The men's team returns seven runners while six newcomers make up the 2011 roster.