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Weldon, Kithuka shatter Tech records in two meets

Posted: February 2, 2013 - 11:55pm  |  Updated: February 3, 2013 - 1:38am

Texas Tech sophomore Kole Weldon broke his own school record in the shot put competing Saturday at the Red Raider Open, and Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka broke a seven-year-old school record in the 3,000 meters competing at Notre Dame.

Weldon threw the shot 62 feet, 1/4 inch to break the mark for the second time this year. Kithuka ran a time of 7 minutes, 50.26 seconds at the the Meyo Invitational.

More than 1,200 athletes were on hand for the one-day Red Raider Open at the Athletic Training Center, where Kyal Meyers won the pole vault with a season best of 17-51/2.

South Plains College made a strong showing in Tech’s last home meet of the indoor season.

The Texans got first-place finishes in seven men’s events, among them Shavez Hart in the 55 meters (6.30), Daniel Harper in the 400 meters (46.8), Vernon Norwood in the 600-yard run (1:08.80) and Anderson Charles in the 1,000 (2:30.16).

SPC won the men’s 1,600-meter relay in 3:12.23. Other Texans winners were Shawn Johnson in high jump (7-01/4) and Jarvis Gotch in long jump (24-01/2).

In women’s events at the Red Raider Open, Wayland Baptist’s Gortia Ferguson won the 55 meters (6.92) and Sarah Jerotich took the 3,000 meters (10:21.42).

The South Plains women got first-place finishes from Curry Young in the 200 (24.17), Lucy Fortune in the 400 (55.47), Desreen Montague in the 600 (1:21.99), Darroneshia Lott in the mile (4:56.50) and Kierra White in the long jump (18-91/4).

Tech also had athletes at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. Two Lady Raiders finished fifth: Christen Rivers in the 400 (53.66) and Caitlin Waters in the 800 (2:12.73).

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