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Kithuka, Saina Named Track & Field Athletes of the Week
February 13, 2013

Kennedy Kithuka (Texas Tech) and Betsy Saina (Iowa State) have been selected as the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for competition Feb. 8-10. It is the second straight weekly award for Kithuka and first track award for Saina, who won both the Big 12 and NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall.

Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Male Athlete of the Week
Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr., Thika, Kenya
Kithuka broke his third school record of the 2013 indoor season running a nation-leading time of 13:26.65 and finished first overall by a full minute at the 2013 Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. this weekend. Kithuka took the national lead in the event by 12 seconds with the performance and remained undefeated during his Red Raider career in both track and cross country.

The 2012 NCAA cross country champion also anchored the Red Raider distance medley relay team to its second school record performance this season as the squad finished first overall at the meet with a time of 9:40.71. Kithuka ran an even four-minute mile as the anchor leg as the Red Raider DMR remained undefeated and moved to No. 8 in the nation with the time.

Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week
Betsy Saina, Iowa State, Sr., Eldoret, Kenya
Saina smashed the 5,000-meter run school record with a time of 15:21.66. In doing so, the 2012 NCAA cross country champion eclipsed the world's fastest time in that event in 2013 by more than 22 seconds. Saina's time is the fifth-fastest ever run by a collegiate woman indoors.

2013 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Date Male Female
Jan. 16        Keiron Stewart, Texas, Sr. Danielle Dowie, Texas, Jr.
Jan. 23 Erik Kynard, Kansas State, Sr. Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, Sr.
Jan. 29 Patrick Casey, Oklahoma, Sr. Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, Jr.
Feb. 6 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr. Andrea Geubelle, Kansas, Sr.
Feb. 13 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.          Betsy Saina, Iowa State, Sr.

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