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Eight Texas Tech Track and Field Athletes Earn All-America First Team Honors

Eight Texas Tech student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

The athletes have been placed on the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field All-America Team, as announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Monday.

The announcement comes following the Red Raiders securing the best finish in school history at the indoor national championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Tech managed to finish fifth overall with 28 points.

Some that earned first team honors include seniors Kennedy Kithuka for the 5,000 meter run, Bryce Lamb in the triple jump, and Katie Grimes for the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Kole Weldon earned first team honors for shot put, and the women’s 4×400 relay team earned the honors as well.

Kithuka became Tech’s first male NCAA champion in the 5,000-meter run, finishing first overall with a school record time of 13:25.38. Lamb also became the school’s first male NCAA champion in the indoor triple jump, breaking his own school record with a leap of 16.26 meters, winning the competition by over six inches.

Weldon also became Tech’s first male All-American in the shot put, while the women’s 4×400 has earned All-America first team honors for two consecutive seasons.

The Texas Tech track and field team will begin the 2013 outdoor season on March 15th in San Diego, California at the 35th annual Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State University.

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