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Nov. 11, 2011

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TEXAS TECH HEADS TO UTAH FOR MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Texas Tech men's and women's cross country teams will complete this Saturday, Nov. 12, at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships in Provo, Utah, at the East Bay Golf Course. On the line is a bid to the NCAA Championships, a meet the Tech women are very familiar with after back-to-back appearances in 2009 and 2010. The Lady Raiders finished second in the Mountain Regionals the past two years while advancing to the NCAA meet. The women's squad competed in the event in 2009 in Albuquerque, N.M. and last year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

MEET INFORMATION
Meet: NCAA Mountain Regional Championships
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Location: Provo, Utah
Host: BYU
Course: East Bay Golf Course
Men's Meet (10K): Noon (CT)
Women's Meet (6K): 1:15 p.m. (CT)
Meet Results: www.byutrack.com
Video Highlights: www.byutrack.com
Texas Tech Results: www.TexasTech.com

JEPLETING WINS INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Caroline Jepleting won her first career title at the Big 12 Championships as she won the meet with a time of 19:30.3, ahead of Iowa State's Meaghan Nelson (19:33.8) and teammate Rose Tanui (19:43.4). After taking second place in six races over the past two years, Jepleting won her first championship as her time was the second fastest in the event's history (6K races).

LADY RAIDERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 TITLES
Caroline Jepleting's title marked the fifth in six year for Texas Tech women's runners. Only once since 2006 (Jenny Barringer, Colorado - 2009) has a Texas Tech Lady Raider not won the Big 12 Championships. Below is a look at Texas Tech Lady Raiders who have won the Big 12 meet.
2011 - Caroline Jepleting
2010 - Rose Tanui
2008 - Sally Kipyego
2007 - Sally Kipyego
2006 - Sally Kipyego

TWO IS COMPANY, THREE IS EVEN BETTER!
Texas Tech was the only program at the Big 12 Championships to have two runners in the top five (Caroline Jepleting - 1st; Rose Tanui - 3rd) and also have three runners in the top 10 of the meet (Purity Biwott - 10th). This is nothing new for the Lady Raiders, in fact it marks the fourth consecutive year that Texas Tech has had three runners finish in the top 10 at the Big 12 Championships. In 2009 the Lady Raiders had their most runners in the top 10 as four runners tallied top-10 finishes (Lillian Badaru, 4th; Purity Biwott, 5th; Gladys Kipsang, 7th; Caroline Karunde, 9th).

JEPLETING, TANUI, BIWOTT EARN ALL-BIG 12 RECOGNITION
The Big 12 Conference awards All-Big 12 honors to the top 15 cross country runners at the conference meet. With three runners in the top 10, the Lady Raiders had three seniors awarded all-conference as Caroline Jepleting, Rose Tanui and Purity Biwott all received recognition. All three Lady Raiders earned their second all-conference award. Overall, since 2005, Texas Tech has received 23 all-conference awards.

WOMEN'S TEAM PUTS STREAK ON THE LINE: 23 CONSECUTIVE TOP-5 FINISHES
The Texas Tech women's team will put its streak of 23 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.

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).

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 five 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 a pair of meet titles this year and to a total of 12 meet championships dating back to 2009. Overall, Murray has coached five individual runners who have captured a total of 14 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) and Caroline Jepleting.

TANUI IS DEFENDING BIG 12 INDIVIDUAL 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 five points in the poll. Here is a look at where the Lady Raiders have ranked this season:
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. 11) RV
Week 6 (Oct. 19) RV
Week 7 (Oct. 25) RV
Week 8 (Nov. 1) RV
Week 9 (Nov. 8) RV

LADY RAIDERS HAVE BEEN RANKED OR RECEIVED VOTES IN 55 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 55 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.

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.

FORMER LADY RAIDER 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.

 

 

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