The Red Raiders finished day two of the Texas Tech Invitational with two NCAA provisional marks and eight first place finishes. Overall, Tech earned 27 top three places during the two-day meet.
Tyler Menges and Harrison Benjamin started the day off for the men by dominating the shot put as both threw personal bests as they finished first and second place respectively. Menges tossed a 55'-08.25" and Benjamin followed with a mark of 53'-01.75".
The men's 55M hurdlers continued Tech's dominance. Shawon Harris showed his All-American form as he ran a NCAA provisional time of 7.33. Omo Osaghae finished second with a personal-best time of 7.38. Nathan Lowry ran a 7.63, also a personal best, placing fourth.
Silas Kemboi helped Tech sweep the mile as he won the event in a time of 4:16.27. Cory Higgins also finished strong with a time of 4:29.94 and a sixth-place finish.
Kemboi also ran the 800M, finishing second with a time of 1:53.17. Freshman Gilbert Limo was right on Kemboi's heels as he ran a 1:53.48, placing him third.
All-Big 12 high jumper Justin Turner placed second clearing 6'-08.25". Edwin Sang started the indoor season with a win in the 3000M running an 8:36.00.
The men finished off the day with an exciting race in the 4X400M relay. The ‘A' team of Tim Foster, Shawon Harris, Gil Roberts and Lamont Adams came back in dramatic fashion, winning with a time of 3:16.25. The ‘B' team of Bill Lawhorn, Wouter Le Roux, Brandon Anderson and Jamaal Butler finished right behind running a second place time of 3:16.51.
The Lady Raiders shot put throwers duplicated the men's dominance. Patience Knight won the event with a throw of 49'-08.50". D'Andra Carter was behind her in second with a throw of 47'-07".
Five-time NCAA champion Sally Kipyego also ran her first NCAA provisional time of the year, running a 4:49.66 to win the mile. Finishing second in the mile was Gladys Kipsang with a personal best time of 4:57.47.
Julianne Kennedy continued her strong start to the season, as she was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 40'-03.25" and second in the 55M hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.00. Jonisha Boleware ran to a third place finish with a time of 7.27 in the 55M.
Ashley Williams, competing in her first meet for Tech, finished third in the 400M with a 57.70. Showing good potential was freshman Shannon Jackson as she won the 800M with a time of 2:17.17. Michelle Guzman had a strong second day of competition placing second in the 3000M with a 10:34.72.
The women's 4X400M relay of Ashley Williams, Shannon Jackson, Jonisha Boleware and Sandra Iwunze finished the day placing second with a time of 3:50.17.
Texas Tech will be hosting another Invitational next Saturday, January 26. Final results and a schedule of next Saturday's events can be found at www.texastech.com.