Records Fall Saturday at Texas Tech Open
Katie Grimes broke her own school and facility record Saturday at the Texas Tech Open.
LUBBOCK, Texas - One school record and three facility records fell Saturday at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex as Texas Tech hosted its first home outdoor meet of the season.
Senior Katie Grimes broke both her own school and facility record in the 100-meter hurdles while freshman thrower Hannah Carson broke a 29-year-old record in the javelin to highlight the action on a warm April afternoon at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.
"It was a great day to be at home," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We had solid performances with several school records. I'm glad Katie got the legal wind and Hannah got the 20-plus year old record off the books. I love the contingent we had today at home."
Grimes lit up the track early Saturday breaking the school and facility record in the women's 100-meter hurdles as she cut through a subtle headwind to cross the finish line in 13.15 seconds. The 2012 Big 12 outdoor runner up finished first overall Saturday while shattering her two-year-old record of 13.21 seconds set in 2011.
The time propels Grimes to No. 5 nationally in the event entering this weekend, and marked her second victory in the event this season.
"It means a lot to break it at home," Grimes said. "Especially in front of my friends and family as a senior at a home meet."
Earlier in the women's field events redshirt freshman Hannah Carson sparked the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders by breaking a 29-year-old facility record in the women's javelin throw. Carson, the current school record holder who entered Saturday with a career-best throw of 52.16-meters (171'-1.00"), broke the previous record set in 1984 with a toss of 49.85-meters (163'-6.00") on her second attempt of the day.
Her throw also ranks as the fourth-best in school history as the Chandler, Ariz. native now owns each of the top-five throws in the event. Carson broke Sonya Smith's (Abilene Christian) previous facility record of 162'-1".
Texas Tech senior and 2013 NCAA Indoor National Triple Jump Champion Bryce Lamb brought the action to a close late Saturday with an impressive showing in his outdoor season debut in the event. Lamb cruised to first place finish in the competition with a mark of 15.89-meters (52'-1.75") on his second attempt.
The jump propels him into the national top 10 entering this weekend's action.
The Lady Raider 4x100 relay opened the meet with a first place finish and season-best time of 44.45 seconds. The squad comprised of Cierra White, Olivia Lewis, Grimes and Amoy Blake improved upon their season-best time entering the meet of 45.87 at the UTEP Springtime Invitational.
The women's 4x400 relay followed later in the evening finishing first with a time of 3:37.27. The Red Raider 4x400 team finished second with a time of 3:08.11.
The Lady Raiders took two of the top-five spots in the women's long jump as redshirt freshman Le'Tristan Pledger finished third with a leap of 6.06-meters (19'-10.75") while freshman Gionna Jackson followed in fourth with a jump of 5.62-meters (18'-5.25"). Pledgers' mark is the best by a Lady Raider in the event this season.
In the women's pole vault, Texas Tech freshman Shelby Poncik cleared an outdoor career-best of 3.81-meters (12'-6.00") to finish third in the competition.
Texas Tech took each of the top two spots in the men's high jump led by sophomore Jacorian Duffield who finished first with a clearance of 2.11-meters (6'-11.00"). Freshman Bradley Adkins finished runner up with a clearance of 2.06-meters (6'-9.00").
Former Texas Tech great Omo Osaghae also broke his own facility record Saturday finishing first in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.43 seconds.
Texas Tech returns to action next weekend at the UT Invitational in Austin on April 13.
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