Tech Has Strong Showing at A&M Triangular|
Tech's Kole Weldon continued his strong season Saturday with a meet record toss in the men's shot put.
Jan. 25, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders both finished third Saturday at the highly-competitive Texas A&M Triangular meet at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station.
The Red Raiders came within 5.5 points of No. 25 LSU in second, as they finished the day with 85 points overall. The Lady Raiders, meanwhile, finished third behind No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 8 LSU with 80 points.
Texas A&M, which played host to the event, swept the men's and women's competitions.
"We got to see some of the very best competition in LSU and Texas A&M," head coach Wes Kittley said. "Our young kids keep getting more experience, and I thought we had some good things. We also have a lot of things to work on."
Tech's Cierra White, Kole Weldon and JaCorian Duffield each left their mark at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium as the trio turned in historic performances in the feverishly quick meet - which lasted less than three hours.
In a highly-anticipated women's 200-meter dash, White finished third with a career-best time of 23.53 seconds. She was edged out by fellow Bowerman Watch List candidate Kamaria Brown of Texas A&M in first with a time of 23.10. White's performance jumped her to No. 2 on the all-time Texas Tech indoor performance list and into the top-8 nationally as of the conclusion of the meet.
White also finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43 seconds.
In her season-debut in the 60-meter hurdles, Lady Raider Le'Tristan Pledger clocked a time of 8.26, which at the conclusion of the meet came in at No. 10 on the national indoor qualifying list. Pledger also finished third in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.75-meters (18'-9.75") to pick up a total of nine points for the Lady Raiders on the day.
In the men's field events, Weldon won the shot put and finished second in the weight throw to collect 12 points on the day for the Red Raiders. The 2013 NCAA Indoor Runner-Up broke the meet record with his throw of 18.81-meters (61'-8.50") in the shot put to win the competition by four-feet.
Meanwhile, his toss of 18.89-meters (61'-11.75") in the weight throw marked a new career-best and pushed him to No. 3 on the all-time Texas Tech performance list.
In the men's high jump, Duffield continued his strong 2014 season, collecting his second-straight victory in the event. The junior and 2013 outdoor All-American tied the meet record by clearing 2.18-meters (7'-1.75") on his third attempt. He was followed by sophomore teammate Bradley Adkins who cleared 2.15-meters (7'-0.50").
For his efforts, Duffield received an ovation from Gilliam Indoor Stadium crowd after his final attempt at a meet record height of 7-feet 3 inches. Duffield cleared a school record 2.23-meters (7'-3.75") last week at the Texas Tech Open.
Lady Raider sprinter Christen Rivers continued her strong start to the 2014 season, clocking a season-best in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.86 - she entered the meet at No. 5 nationally in the event.
In his career-debut Derreck Edwards, a sophomore receiver on the Red Raider football team, finished second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.69-meters (48'-2.50").
The Red Raider distance medley relay squad, comprised of Nick Rivera, Tramaine Maloney, Ramon Rueda and Ezekiel Kissorio, clocked a season-best time of 10:10.49 to win the event and collect seven points.
Early in Saturday's competition Tech's Sharlene Nickle turned in a strong performance in the women's mile, finishing second with a time of 4:54.69 - marking the best time in the event by a Lady Raider this season. She was followed by teammate Jocelyn Caro in sixth who clocked a season-best of 5:00.53, which shaved 12 seconds off her time from last week.
Sophomore Nick Rivera followed with a career-best performance in the men's mile run finishing second overall with a career-best time of 4:09.05 - marking the best performance by a Red Raider this season in the event. He was followed by teammate Ezekiel Kissorio in fourth as he clocked a 4:13.74. With the two efforts, the Red Raiders picked up eight team points in the event.
Texas Tech went 2-3-4 in the women's pole vault as Haley Cook and Blake Wood each improved their jumps from last week. Cook finished second clearing a season-best 3.78-meters (12'-4.75"), while Wood followed in third clearing 3.63-meters (11'-10.75"). Reece Timmons, who won the Texas Tech Open last week, finished fourth clearing 3.48-meters (11'-5.00").
Tech picked up nine points in the event.
In the women's high jump, Tech junior Michaela Palu cleared an indoor career-best 1.68-meters (5'-6.00") to finish second.
Marcos Vallejo finished fifth in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:33.32 - the best by a Red Raider in the event this season. He was followed by Jonathon Lira in sixth (8:33.36), Brendan Devlin in 10th (8:44.77) and Seraiah Pineda in 13th (8:55.71) who each recorded career-best times.
Madeline Livergood finished third in the women's 3,000-meter run with a career-best time of 10:24.90 - the best by a Lady Raider on the season in the event.
Texas Tech returns home to compete in the two-day Masked Rider Open set to begin Jan. 31 inside the Athletic Training Center.