LUBBOCK — Juniors Beth Blind and Kaspars Briska posted second-place finishes in the 5,000 on Saturday, highlighting Eastern New Mexico University’s performances in the Texas Tech Open track meet.
Blind set a school records with a time of 18 minutes, 14.51 seconds — shattering by 25 seconds the previous mark held by Nicky Reid in 2010 — and finished behind only an unattached runner in the women’s event.
Meantime, Briska crossed the line in 15:07.84, four seconds behind winner Elkana Rotich of Texas-El Paso. ENMU senior Jacob Lozano, meantime, came in third in the event in 15:24.84, while senior Kevin Roa was eighth in 16:05.75.
The Zias also got third-place finishes from junior Alesha Jones in the women’s 800 (2:15.85) and sophomore Amber Saiz in the women’s 1,500 (4:44.81), while junior Sabrina Huelga was eighth in the latter in 2:18.56.. Jones’ times was a school record, while Saiz fell just short of the ENMU standard.
ENMU freshman Bayleigh Baker obliterated the school mark in the women’s 10,000, taking third in the event in 39:49.64 to set the ENMU mark by just over a minute and 40 seconds. Junior Breanna Pendleton set a school mark by more than seven feet in hammer, placing fifth at 151 feet, while sophomore Laura Grube was fifth in javelin (125-7) and eighth in hammer (141-0).
Also for the men, sophomore Michael Moore tied with Texas Tech’s Nick Tam for fifth place in high jump at 6-5.
The Greyhounds and Zias return to action this weekend in the West Texas A&M Multi & Open meet.