Tech's Runners Set Marks on West Coast

<p>Palo Alto, Calif. - Brionne Yosten and Jonathan Johnson set regional qualifying marks in their respective events at the Stanford Invitational here this weekend. <p>"I'm real proud of this performance," said Texas Tech's head coach Wes Kittley. "This is a great opener. This is the fastest opener he's had with us. I'm real excited he can open the season with a race like that."

In the 800M, 2004 Olympian Johnson ran a 1:46.78, four seconds faster then the regional qualifying time of 1:50.40. Johnson is the defending national champion and three-time Big 12 champion in the event. Johnson is also an eight-time All-American and an 11-time all-conference performer.

Yosten clocked a time of 16:45.15 in the 5000M, also a regional qualifying time. Yosten qualified for the event six seconds faster then the regional qualifying time of 16:52.00. The Hereford, Texas native is a five-time all-conference performer and won the Big 12 title in the distance medley relay during her freshman campaign.

In action March 24 in Lubbock, Texas Tech Track and Field tallied 24 first-place finishes and nine regional qualifying marks in its first outdoor meet of the 2005 season.

Stefanie Calhoun recorded the first qualifying mark of the day with her time of 10:50.61 in the 3000M steeplechase. Also on the women's side, Kelley Schulz cleared a height of 12'-7.5 in the pole vault for her first regional qualifying mark of the season.

For the men, Chad Pharis jumped a 6'-10.75" in the high jump and Brad Kring marked a toss of 54'0-7.25", both regional qualifying marks.

On the track, Michael Mathieu clocked a 20.96 in the 200M, Terry Beard ran a 51.23 in the 400M hurdles and the 4x100M men's relay registered a time of 40.48. All were regional qualifying times.

In the 110M hurdles, Shawon Harris and Marlon Odom finished in first and second place, respectively. Both clocked regional qualifying times with their marks of 14.00 and 14.06, respectively.

Texas Tech will travel to UTEP next weekend to compete in the UTEP Invitational.

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