LUBBOCK, Texas – The No.24 ranked Texas Tech women’s cross country squad dominated the women’s race placing runners second through seventh and the Red Raiders won the men’s side with a strong performance by Gilbert Limo winning the individual title at the Texas Tech Open held at Meadowbrook Golf Course.
The Lady Raiders were impressive in its second win of the season with seven of its runners placing in the top 10 and a team score of 20 points. Lillian Badaru paced the team with a time of 17:30.37 and a second place finish on the 5K course. Purity Biwott finished in third with a time of 17:30.37.
The Ruidoso Open winner Gladys Kipsang, ran 18:15.96 to place fourth overall. Caroline Karunde came in fifth running an 18:26.11 and her sister Winrose Karunde, in her first race as a Lady Raider, was sixth running 18:57.46. Michelle Guzman finished seventh with a time of 19:18.83 and Kaci Westervelt continued the team’s dominance as she was ninth running a 19:50.65.
Other notables for the women were Meagan Willingham was 12th with a time of 20:13.52 and Katherine Priebe ran a 20:14.96 placing 13th.
Gilbert Limo led a strong showing from the Red Raiders as he won the individual title with a time of 24:55.53 over the 8K course. Tech scored a total of 38 points as a team to win the title.
Three more Red Raiders finished in sixth through eighth. Cory Higgins ran an impressive 25:33.72 to finish in sixth while Silas Kemobi placed eighth with a time of 25:45.47. Zach Quinones crossed the line in eighth running a time of 25:57.97.
Logan Culotta was the fifth runner to cross the line for the Red Raiders as he ran a 27:03.41 to place 23rd overall. David Boston was right on his heels as he ran a 27:18.66 to place 24th. Jeremy Kight was the seventh runner for Tech and ran a 27:21.69 placing 27th.
"It’s a great start to the season," head coach Jon Murray said after the race. "The teams are showing improvement each week and we just have to continue working."