Lady Raiders Finish Second, Red Raiders Eighth in 'Battle on Bayou'
Shade Weygandt tied the Bernie Moore Stadium facility record Saturday at the `Battle on the Bayou'.
April 7, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - Texas Tech captured a total of four first-place finishes and the Lady Raider 4x100 relay team ran the second-fastest time in school history on Saturday at Bernie Moore Stadium in the second annual LSU Invitational Battle on the Bayou.
In a meet that featured six nationally-ranked squads, the No. 10 Lady Raiders placed 2nd overall among the women's teams with 102 points. The No. 7 Red Raiders placed 8th with a total of 62 points.
"We ran with some really good Top 10 teams today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "It continues to put us back in that war every week, and we are just going to get used to it. I think when it gets to that important time of the year it's going to make a difference."
The Lady Raider 4x100 relay team put on a show Saturday by running the second-fastest time in school history. The squad finished second to LSU with a blazing fast time of 44.01. The time bested the mark of 44.04 recorded last year at the Texas Tech Open on April 4. The mark was just off of the school record time of 43.97 set in 2005.
"I was really pleased," sprints coach Dion Miller said. "The girls gave a great effort."
Just before the women's 4x100 relay, sophomore Kyal Meyers captured his first win of the outdoor season in the pole vault by clearing the bar at a seasonal-best height of 5.29 meters (17'-4.25"). Meanwhile, junior Shade Weygandt followed up Meyers' performance with a first place finish of her own on the way to tying the Bernie Moore Stadium facility record by clearing the bar at 4.33 meters (14'-2.50").
Jamele Mason captured a first-place finish in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 49.85. It marked his second win of the season in the 400 meter hurdles.
Freshman Michaela Palu earned the first win of her career in the women's high jump competition by clearing the bar at 1.71 meters (5'-7.25").
"She did a really good job," associate head coach Rock Light said. "She jumped well. I'm very proud of her for that."
Junior Ifeatu Okafor, who entered the meet ranked No. 6 nationally in the shot put, placed second in the event with a mark of 16.57 meters (54'-0.50"). She also placed fourth in the discus with a mark of 50.32 meters (165'-1.00").
Kole Weldon continued his strong start to the outdoor season by capturing two top five finishes on the day. The sophomore began his meet by placing third in the discus with a throw of 53.46 meters (175'-5.00"). He then followed it up with a fifth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 17.30 meters (56'-9.25").
Weldon now has eight top-five finishes on the year.
Senior Rose Tanui, who competed at the Stanford Invitational this weekend, placed 15th in the 10,000 meter run Friday night with a time of 33:08.70.
Texas Tech will return to action next weekend when it hosts the Texas Tech Open on Saturday in its first home meet of the season.