PALO ALTO, Calif.(Texas Tech Press Release) – Senior Red Raider distance runner Kennedy Kithuka shattered the Texas Tech school record in the 10,000-meter run Sunday night at the prestigious Payton Jordan Invitational where he crossed the finish line in 27 minutes 41.73 seconds.
Kithuka finished sixth overall, and second among collegians in the race, and with the performance became the first Red Raider to break the 28-minute barrier in the event. It marks the second outdoor school record to fall victim to Kithuka this season as he has now set a total five Texas Tech track and field school records in his career – a list that also includes the indoor mile, 3,000m and 5,000m– all set during the 2013 season.
The decorated Red Raider most recently took down the outdoor 5,000m school record at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18.
Kithuka was also a member of the school record setting distance medley relay team as the anchor leg in 2013.
On Sunday, Kithuka broke the previous 10,000m record set in 2007 by Kevin Chelimo by a full 40 seconds, and now owns the current No. 1 time in the NCAA in the 5,000m and No. 2 time in the 10,000m.
The performance capped off a strong showing by Tech distance runners at the Payton Jordan Invitational as sophomore Evans Tuitoek finished second in section three of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a new collegiate-best time of 8:51.62. Tuitoek’s time marks the best by a Red Raider in the event since 2010.
Nick Rivera went on to win section four of the men’s 800-meters with a season-best time of 1:50.19.
Texas Tech, which completed competition at the annual Red Raider Open Saturday, now eyes the Big 12 Championships set for May 16-18 at the Fuller Track and Field Complex in Lubbock.