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Texas Tech women win second-straight Big 12 Championship

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 14 Texas Tech Lady Raiders won its second-straight Big 12 Cross Country Championship after placing four runners in the top 10 and Tech’s top five women earned All-Big 12 honors at the Big 12 Championships held at Columbia, MO.

It is the cross country program’s second title overall and it came against a tough field beating the likes of No. 3 Colorado, No. 19 Iowa State and No. 26 Baylor. Tech is the second team other than Colorado to win two straight titles on the women’s side.

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“Outstanding effort across the board, we scored less points than we did last year,” head coach Jon Murray said after the race. “It was a great team effort and the ladies ran their heart out.”

Lillian Badaru continued to lead the Lady Raiders placing fourth with a 21:22.35. Finishing only one second behind Badaru was Purity Biwott in fifth place. Biwott ran a 21:23.83 to earn All-Big 12 honors in her first year of competition for Tech.

Gladys Kipsang was the third Lady Raider to cross the line in the top 10 running a 21:41.51 placing seventh. Caroline Karunde ran the 6K course in 21:46.51 to finish in ninth. Winrose Karunde was the fifth to cross the line for the team wrapping up the team title in 13th place. She ran 21:56.41 and was named All-Big 12 for finishing in the top 15.

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Michelle Guzman ran one of her best races of the season placing 26th in a time of 22:33.96. Kaci Westervelt (23:52.28) placed 68th while Katherine Priebe (24:59.61) and Meagan Willingham (25:51.73 were 90th and 95th, respectively.

Texastech.com

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