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Pledger Finishes Second at Armory Invitational

LeTristan Pledger recorded the second-best long jump in school history Friday at the historic Armory Track.


Feb. 1, 2013

NEW YORK - Texas Tech freshman LeTristan Pledger highlighted the first day of action for the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders at the Armory Collegiate Invitational Friday night in New York.

Pledger, in her Texas Tech indoor debut, finished second overall in the championship division of the women's long jump with a mark of 6.41-meters (21'-0.50"). The leap marked the second-best in school history indoors as the Kansas City native put herself in strong contention to qualify for the national meet by moving into No. 2 on the national indoor performance list.

The highly-touted freshman finished 10th in the preliminary round of the women's long jump at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain this summer as the lone U.S. representative. 

Meanwhile, Katie Grimes recorded a top-five finish in the women's 60-meter hurdles earlier in the competition, crossing the line with a time of 8.23. She finished fourth overall in the championship division of the race.

Grimes finished eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 8.36 to qualify for the finals.

On the men's side, senior Isaiah Gill turned in an impressive performance finishing sixth overall in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:05.20. Freshman teammate Kenneth Williams followed in 12th with a time of 1:06.28.

Lady Raider freshman sprinter Christen Rivers also garnered a top-10 finish and qualified for Saturday's finals of the 400-meter dash finishing seventh with a time of 53.84 - a personal best. Meanwhile Lady Raider freshman Natalie Thompson finished 10th in the women's high jump with a clearance of 1.65-meters (5'-5.00") to also mark a new personal best.

Action will resume at the historic Armory Track Saturday with events scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.



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