Carson, Grimes Highlight Friday at Texas Relays

Hannah Carson broke her own school record in the javelin Friday at the 86th Annual Texas Relays.

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March 29, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas -


A pair of Lady Raiders in Hannah Carson and Katie Grimes highlighted a full day of action Friday in Austin as the Texas Tech track and field program continued competition at the 86th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.  

The duo turned in historic performances as Carson broke the school record in the women's javelin throw while Grimes clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Carson finished second with a throw of 52.16-meters (171'-1.00") while Grimes finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.22 seconds to qualify for Saturday's finals.

Meanwhile the women's 4x400 relay team also qualified for Saturday's finals as the squad, comprised of Candace Jackson, Olivia Lewis, Amoy Blake and Christen Rivers, clocked a time of 3:38.08 to finish seventh.

"It was a good day," Texas Tech Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "Hannah, Cierra [White], Katie, Isaiah [Gill], Kyal [Meyers] Kole [Weldon], Bryce [Lamb], Bradley [Adkins] and the women's 4x400 relay were solid. We were not perfect today, but we got some good work in. We're looking forward to tomorrow."

Carson broke her previous school record of 166'-10" set last year at the Willie Williams Classic. 

Texas Tech sophomore Cierra White, who entered the meet No. 1 nationally in the 100-meter dash, qualified for Saturday's finals in the event finishing third in the preliminaries with a time of 11.36. White finished first in her heat edging out Ashley Collier of Texas A&M who finished second at 11.37.

After qualifying for the finals on Friday, senior Isaiah Gill finished fourth in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 50.76 seconds. It marked the second-best time of his career in the event and the best by a Red Raider this season.

In the women's triple jump, sophomore Avril McGhee recorded her sixth career leap over 40-feet finishing sixth with a mark of 12.32-meters (40'-5.00"). McGhee, who finished runner-up in the triple jump at the Big 12 Indoor Championships this year, recorded the leap on her first attempt of the afternoon.

Texas Tech freshman Bradley Adkins cleared an outdoor personal best of 2.14-meters (6'-11.75") to finish fifth in the B section of the men's high jump. Adkins, who finished third at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, cleared the bar on his third attempt after clearing 6'-10.75" on his third attempt.  

Kicking off the evening field events, Texas Tech junior Kyal Meyers cleared a seasonal-best 5.37-meters (17'-7.00") in the A-section of the men's pole vault. It marked Meyers' 11th career clearance over 17-feet outdoors.

Moments later both sophomore Kole Weldon and senior Bryce Lamb turned in impressive performance in the shot put and long jump. Weldon finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 18.89-meters (61'-11.75"). Lamb finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 7.57-meters (24'-10.00") in his first competition of the 2013 outdoor season. 




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