Tech Relay Squads Shine Friday in Austin
Shane Brathwaite continued his spectacular 2012 season with a first place finish in the men's 110 hurdles.
March 30, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Tech completed the third day of the Texas Relays Friday afternoon with three relay squads qualifying for the finals on Saturday while two Red Raiders garnered first place finishes.
Shane Brathwaite won the men's 110 meter hurdles for the No. 4 Red Raiders with a blazing time of 13.75. With the win, the national-leader in the event qualified for finals set to be held Saturday. Meanwhile, Kole Weldon secured his third-consecutive win in the men's shot put with a toss of 17.71 meters (58'-1.25"). The sophomore continued his impressive outdoor season after grabbing wins at both the Willie Williams Classic and UTEP Springtime meet before running away with Friday's win by over three feet.
Weldon later finished sixth in the discus throw with a mark of 53.50 meters (175'-6.00").
Tech opened the warm Friday morning in Austin with each of the men's and women's 4x100 relay squads earning to Top-5 finishes on their way to qualifying for the finals on Saturday afternoon.
The men's 4x100 relay team recorded the fastest in nine years by running a 39.63 to edge out Florida and win its heat. The time placed third overall behind squads from Auburn and Mississippi State. Meanwhile, the women's 4x100 sprint relay team garnered a fourth-place finish overall with a time of 44.48.
Tech continued to find success in the relay events as the Lady Raider 4x400 relay team placed second overall and qualified for the finals with a time of 3:32.72 in a thrilling back-and-forth race. The time was the fastest mark since the 2005 season.
In the men's high jump, freshman Jacorian Duffield placed third overall by clearing the bar 6.13 meters (6'-11.75"). The clearance marked a new personal-best for Duffield who cleared 2.06 meters (6'-9.00") at the Willie Williams Classic earlier this year.
In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Katie Grimes place 11th overall , just two spots outside of the top nine qualifiers with a time of 13.42.
Tech was represented by senior Precious Nwokey in the opening days of the meet during the multi-event sessions. Nwokey placed third in the women's heptathlon Thursday with a school-record 5,533 points.
Texas Tech returns to action tomorrow in the finale of the Texas Relays. Collegiate events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Mike A. Meyers Stadium.
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