Plenty of Personal Bests for Tech in College Station
“This race was another building block in the season,” said head coach Jon Murray. “It was fun to see the large number of personal bests. Overall both groups competed well. I’m proud of their effort.”
Cornelius Kiprotich led the sixth-place men’s group, clocking 24:52.4 to place 21st. He was followed by four Red Raiders who posted personal bests. Freshmen Edward Rush (25:01.3) and Paul Sherrill (25:25.0) improved upon their 8k times in their second collegiate races. Personal bests also came for upperclassmen. Junior Bennett Barnett (25:25.5) PR’d by 45 seconds to place 38th, and sophomore Eric Maclean (25:43.6) bested his career mark by nearly a minute and half. Freshmen Kirk Zuber (26:04.3) and Thomas Velvin (26:07.2) rounded out Tech scoring, putting the team total at 140.
Jazmyn Martinez paced the women’s group in exciting fashion, running the 6k in 21:38.2 for a career best of nearly a minute and a half. She was followed by a familiar fellow frontrunner in Binta Ka, whose 21st-place 22:00.2 was also good for a PR. Claudrice McKoy turned in a 22:15.0 in 28th place, while Sydney White crossed three seconds behind her with a collegiate-best 22:18.9. Kaitlyn Irving, Sharon Chumo and Kyra Young rounded out scoring for the fifth-place women’s team, which totaled 131 points.
The Big 12 Championships will take place Oct. 30 in Lawrence, Kan.