Red Raiders, Lady Raiders Shine in San Diego

Cierra White finished first in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash Saturday.

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March 17, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Texas Tech track and field program wrapped up a highly successful showing Saturday at the 35th Annual Aztec Invitational atop the Sports Deck on the San Diego State campus.

Tech picked up nine first-place finishes on the day, highlighted by historic showings from sophomores Kole Weldon and Cierra White as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders concluded a week of training and competition in the Bay Area.  

"It was a very good start to our outdoor season," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We mixed in some really good training with two days of competition. I'm so pleased to see our team compete well and open up with good marks. It was a very successful week for our program."

A member of the women's indoor All-American 4x400 relay team, White picked up a pair of first place finishes Saturday in each the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. The Philadelphia native clocked the fastest 200-meter time in school history pulling away from the field and crossing the finish line with a time of 22.91 seconds.  

The unofficial school record, due to a wind reading of 2.5 meters-per-second, ranks No. 2 in the West Region and came after an impressive performance in the 100-meter dash where she finished first with a time of 11.68 seconds.

Meanwhile in the men's throws, Weldon recorded the second best toss in school history on his way to finishing first overall in the shot put. The 2013 NCAA Indoor Runner Up recorded a throw of 19.43-meters (63'-9.00") and becomes just the fifth Red Raider to record a throw over 60-feet outdoors.

Tech senior and 2013 Indoor All-American Katie Grimes got off to a fast start to the outdoor season with a first place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Grimes cruised to the victory with a time of 13.48 into a 2.0 meters-per-second headwind. The time currently ranks No. 3 nationally.  

Both Texas Tech 4x400 relay teams took home first place finishes on the afternoon. The Lady Raider squad, comprised of Christen Rivers, Tiffany Tarver, Olivia Lewis and Amoy Blake blew away the field by over five seconds crossing the line with a time of 3:36.94.

Meanwhile the Red Raider mile relay, comprised of Gill, Dwayne Extol, Kenneth Williams and Joseph Richards III clocked a time of 3:12.70.

Earlier on the track the Red Raider sprinters kicked off the outdoor season in style as Tech took the top three spots in the invitational section of the men's 400-meter dash. Gill finished first overall with 47.31 and was followed by Richards III in second (47.64) and Williams in third (48.05).

In the women's field events redshirt freshman Hannah Carson took home a first place finish in the javelin throw with a toss of 50.12-meters (164'-5.00"). The throw is the second-best in school history behind her school record mark of 50.80-meters (166'-10.00") set last year before a season-ending injury. Meanwhile, Lady Raider freshman Gionna Jackson finished second overall in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.93-meters (19'-5.50").

Texas Tech junior Kyal Meyers got his 2013 outdoor season off to a fast start with a first place finish in the men's invitational pole vault with a clearance of 5.18-meters (17'-0.00"). The clearance ranks No. 11 nationally.

Texas Tech returns to action next weekend at the UTEP Invitational.




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