Tech Ends Weekend on High Note
Bryce Lamb's season-opening jump of 26'-0.75" was the highlighted Friday's events. The jump led the nation after the opening night of the meet.
Jan. 21, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field team wrapped up their second home meet of the season Saturday afternoon inside the Athletic Training Center.
As the Texas Tech Open came to a close, it marked the conclusion of back-to-back home meets to open the indoor season, and head coach Wes Kittley said he was pleased with what his team was able to accomplish in the short time period.
"It's really important because we wanted to give them some confidence before we go to Texas A&M," Kittley said. "There are going to be a lot of great teams there. It is going to be a great meet, and I think our kids are ready."
The Red Raider and No. 8 Lady Raiders had a total of nine first place finishes during the meet along with several impressive performances.Junior Bryce Lamb's season opening jump of 26'-0.75" won the long jump. The mark led the nation after Friday night.
Junior Katie Grimes continued her impressive junior campaign by garnering another first place finish in the 55m hurdles running a 7.77 in the finals, just .04 off of her school record performance last weekend.
"It's special because she has made a great transition from her sophomore year," assistant coach Dion Miller said. "This being her junior year, she is trying to be consistent."
With the performance this weekend, Grimes now holds the two fastest indoor times in school history in the 55m hurdle event.
"This meet was just maintaining what I have had, and what I had been doing in practice," Grimes said.
For the second consecutive weekend, the No. 8 Lady Raiders picked up a win in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:38.16 to improve on their time from last weekend. The mark was just five seconds short of breaking a 25-year-old Athletic Training Center record set in 1987.
The men's distance medley relay team picked up its first win of the season by running a 10:13.08.
Sophomore Kyal Myers won the pole vault for the second consecutive, and set a personal best in doing so. The sophomore vaulted 17-4.25" to win the event. The mark currently ranks ninth in the country and is tops in the Big 12. Meanwhile, Jeremy Doddridge set a new personal best by clearing the 16'-0.75 mark on his third attempt.
All-American Kelly Closse continued her impressive start to the indoor season by picking up wins in both the weight throw and the shot put competitions. The senior set an Athletic Training Center record with a toss of 68'-7.25" in the weight throw. The throw also beat her personal best by over two feet.
The track and field team will make their first road trip of the season next weekend when they travel to College Station to compete in the heavily contested Texas A&M Challenge.