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The Morning Stake | 2019.10.14

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Sub-2 Hour Marathon. Via NPR, early on Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a sub-2 hour marathon, officially finishing at 1:59:40. Kipchoge used pacers and a vehicle to help him keep pace, which some say this record should finish with an asterisk because of that help. Still, Kipchoge is 5’6″ and 126 pounds and there are times where I tell myself that I simply can’t run very fast because I have short legs. I think we can now call B.S. on that.

Saturday’s feat that tested the upper limits of physical prowess, however, will not be officially recognized as a world record by the International Association of Athletics Federations, much like the Breaking2 event. The race, held in Prater park in the heart of Vienna, was not an open event, the course in the park was evened ahead of time and Kipchoge had a team of 41 pacesetters with him, running in rotating teams of seven.

“Remember, the 41 pacemakers are among the best athletes ever, in the whole world,” Kipchoge said. Among them was Matthew Centrowitz, who earned a gold medal for the U.S. in the men’s 1500 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Illegal Snap. I posted Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt’s statement yesterday, but he says the Big 12 admitted that the illegal snap was the incorrect call. This isn’t going to make you feel any better, but that was Texas Tech’s game-winner right there. So close.

Clarification on Ta’Zhawn Henry and T.J. Vasher. LubbockOnline’s Don Williams wrote after the game that it was T.J. Vasher that was suspended for a quarter of the game against Baylor. On Saturday in reading the quote transcript, I was confused and thought that it was Ta’Zhawn Henry who was suspended, but that’s not the case at all, he was just dealing with some personal issues and sat out Saturday’s game.

Gamut of Emotions. LubbockOnline’s Don Williams editorializes that Matt Wells and Texas Tech have run the gamut of emotions in the first three conference games:

He might be on to something there. Tell the truth: Two weeks ago, after the debacle in Norman, a good many Red Raider backers expressed this frustration: This team isn’t going to win another game. Kansas, maybe.

And now? The Red Raiders haven’t won as an unranked team in back-to-back games against ranked teams since 2007, and the group that looked so ragtag two weeks ago nearly pulled it off.

There are some good signs. Muscled-up freshman SaRodorick Thompson continued to come into his own with a 28-carry, 153-yard performance and a 30-yard dash for what looked like the game-winning touchdown. Jett Duffey, not letting a couple of interceptions ruin his day, made some poised throws to lead that drive late in the fourth quarter.

Tech defensive coordinator Keith Patterson schemed to largely keep in check Baylor receivers Denzel Mims and Tyquan Thornton. Between them, the two had their least production in a month. Granted, Mims and Thornton wound up making plays that helped Baylor win, not that that’s what everyone will be talking about.

Anokwuru Decommits. Lost in the shuffle from this weekend was the news that 2020 defensive end commit Clinton Anokwuru decommitted from Texas Tech (this was before the Baylor game). Anokwuru committed back in June when there were those flurry of commits

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