Records Tumble Saturday at New Mexico Classic

Tech's Cierra White broke the school record in the 60-meter dash Saturday in Albuquerque.

Feb. 8, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - Texas Tech set three school records on the final day of action Saturday inside the Albuquerque Convention Center at the New Mexico Classic.

A pair of Lady Raiders in Le'Tristan Pledger and Cierra White took down school records early in the second day of the meet before junior thrower Kole Weldon broke his second record in as many events on the weekend.

 "I felt like it was a very good day," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "It was good to see."

White twice broke the 60-meter dash mark, clocking a 7.35 in the preliminaries before going on to finish runner-up in the finals with a time of 7.32 seconds. Pledger, meanwhile, clocked a record time of 8.07 in the preliminaries 60-meter hurdles before going on to finish third overall, and first among collegians, in the finals crossing the finish line in 8.10 seconds.

Weldon went on to break his own school record in the shot put with a throw of 20.11-meters (65'-11.75"). The performance came after breaking the school weight throw record on Friday night.

The three record setting performances highlighted a productive final day of competition at the New Mexico Classic. In all, Tech athletes broke school records in four events at the two-day meet, while 16 Lady Raiders and 12 Red Raiders posted season-best performances.

The Lady Raider 4x400 relay team capped Saturday's events off with a season-best performance, finishing second overall with a time of 3:34.08. The squad, consisting of Christen Rivers, White, Amoy Blake and Montenae Roye-Speight, improved three full seconds from their previous season-best.

The Red Raider 4x400 relay, comprised of Joseph Richards III, Dwayne Extol, Dee Paul and Alex Foster also finished second with a time of 3:12.04.  

Early on the track, sophomore Tramaine Maloney advanced to the finals of the men's 60-meter hurdles after clocking a season-best of 8.15 in the preliminaries. He went on to best that time and finish fifth in the finals with a time of 8.02 seconds. Maloney has improved his time in the 60-meter hurdles in three-straight races.

Meanwhile, both Richards III and Extol clocked season-bests in the men's 400-meter dash. Richards III finished second in the event with a time of 47.02 and was followed by Extol in seventh with a time of 48.39. Dee Paul finished 12th with a time of 49.90 in his first 400-meter race of the season.

Joining Weldon with a strong performance in the men's shot put was senior Jorge Garcia who threw a career-best 18.28-meters (59'-11.75") on his final attempt. It marked his first career throw over 18-meters.

Meanwhile, sophomore Hannah Carson finished fourth in the women's shot put with a new career-best mark of 14.94-meters (49'-0.25").

In the men's 800-meter run, Albuquerque native Kendall McVey clocked a new season-best of 1:54.95 to finish ninth in the race. Caitlin Waters, a Clovis, N.M. native, also clocked a new season-best in the women's 800-meters crossing the finish line second in 2:14.35.

At the final day of action in Boston, Texas Tech sophomore Nick Rivera clocked a career-best time of 1:51.30 in the 800-meter run finishing 16th overall. Meanwhile, teammate Marcos Vallejo also clocked a career-best time in the 3,000-meter run clocking an 8:20.97.

In the men's 5,000-meter run in Boston, Brendan Devlin recorded a career-best of 15:05.84. 

Texas Tech returns to action next weekend as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders are scheduled to compete at both the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and the Red Raider Open in Lubbock. 





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