Tech Impresses at UTEP Springtime Meet|
Jeremy Doddridge set a new personal record at the UTEP Springtime meet Saturday in El Paso.
EL PASO, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field team had an impressive showing at the UTEP Springtime meet on Saturday at Kidd field in El Paso with a total of eight first-place finishes.
Sophomore pole vaulter Jeremy Doddridge set a new personal-best in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 5.20 meters (17'-0.75"). The mark bettered his previous personal best of 16'-1.25" by nearly a foot and Doddridge placed second overall in the event.
Meanwhile, teammates Gil Roberts and Kole Weldon also set new personal best marks on the day. Roberts ran a time of 20.54 in the 200 meter dash to place first. The time currently ranks sixth in the nation. Roberts also placed first in the men's 100 meter dash with a time of 10.37. The time currently ranks ninth in the nation.
Weldon placed third in the men's hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 53.81 meters (176'-6.00"). He also finished second in the discus throw with a mark of 52.49 meters (172'-2.00") and first in the shot put with a mark of 17.31 meters (56'-9.50"). Taji Henely followed in the discus with a mark of 49.55 meters (162'-6.00").
Freshman Killiam Barry placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 55.70 meters (182'-9.00").
In the women's events, Taylor Evans won the 200 meter dash with a season-best time of 23.56. She was followed by Terra Evans who placed fourth with a time of 23.93. The pair also finished second and third respectively in the 100 meter dash.
Junior Shade Weygandt picked up her second consecutive win in the women's pole vault with a mark of 4.22 meters (13'-10.50"). She won the pole vault last weekend in the season opener at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz., with a mark of 4.16 meters (13'7-75").
Ifeatu Okafor and Kelly Closse placed first and second respectively in the women's discus. Okafor easily won the competition Saturday with a toss of 50.40 meters (165'-4.00"). Meanwhile, Closse followed with a mark of 46.03 meters (151'-0.0"). Both Okafor and Closse also captured the top to places in the women's shot put. Okafor, who entered the meet ranked No. 1 nationally, won with a mark of 16.57 meters (54'-4.50"), while Closse placed second with a toss of 16.25 meters (53'-3.75"). Freshman Adrienne Long placed eighth with a mark of 39.48 meters (129'-6.00").
Closse began the day by capturing a first place finish in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 55.27 meters (181'-4.00").
Following Doddridge in the men's pole vault were teammates Boston Spiva who placed fourth and freshman Kyle Thompson who placed eighth. Both recorded their first marks of the season. Spiva cleared 4.90 meters (16'-0.75") while Thompson cleared 4.45 meters (14'-7.25").
Isaiah Gill placed fourth in the men's 400 meter dash with a time of 46.46.
The team will return to action next week when they send 16 men and 21 women to the Texas Relays. The prestigious meet in Austin, Texas is scheduled to begin Wednesday and conclude Saturday.