Tech Impresses at Outdoor Home Opener
Jacorian Duffield cleared the high jump bar at 7'-2.50" Saturday to win the event and set a new personal best.
April 14, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - After spending four weeks on the road to open the outdoor season Texas Tech returned home to the Fuller Track and Field Complex Saturday and put on a show in the process.
Tech competed with 33 teams throughout a busy day that saw the No. 8 Red Raiders and No. 11 Lady Raiders turn in several impressive performances.
"It was just great to be at home," head coach Wes Kittley said. "Our kids were very excited to run in front of our home crowd for the first time this season."
Junior hurdler Katie Grimes provided the early highlight by winning the women's 100 meter hurdles and blasting her personal best time set on the same track just last year. The indoor All-American won the event with a blazing time of 12.99 - which helped her leap to No. 6 on the national performance list.
"She has been really consistent all year," Kittley said. "I'm really happy for her to get that time and especially at home."
In the field events, JaCorain Duffield had a breakout performance in the high jump by clearing the bar at 2.20 meters (7'-2.50"). The jump tied for the second-best in school history matching Chad Pharis' jump in 2003. It also set a new personal best for the freshman from Schertz, Texas as he took home first place in the competition inside the Athletic Training Center.
"He made a lot of breakthroughs today," jumps coach Rock Light said. "I think he understands it now, and he's definitely got it."
In the pole vault, sophomore Kyal Meyers also had a breakout performance clearing the bar at 5.41 meters (17'-9.0"). - also inside the Athletic Training Center. With the vault he set a new personal best and leapt into sole possession of No. 8 on the national performance list on Saturday night.
"I'm extremely proud of that young man," Light said. "It was a great jump. I'm so proud of Kyal."
Junior Shade Weygandt earned her fifth win of the outdoor season in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 4.21 meters (13'-9.75").
Both the pole vault and high jump events were moved indoors after officials declared the winds too strong to compete at the Fuller Track and Field Complex.
Killian Barry, who set the school record in the hammer throw last week at the LSU Invitational, picked up a first place finish Saturday with a throw of 57.42 meters (188'-5").
Kole Weldon continued his banner sophomore season by recording personal-best marks in two events. Weldon opened the meet with a personal best mark of 17.96 meters (58'-11.25") in the shot put before recording a second personal best in the discus with a mark of 59.92 meters (196'-7.00").
Weldon now has 10 top five finishes on the season after placing second in both the shot put and discus.
Ezekiel Kissorio earned his first win of the outdoor season with a first place finish in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.85. He was followed by teammates Sirron Warren who placed third (1:56.15) and Kendall McVey who placed fourth (1:56.97).
Caitlin Waters earned a win for the Lady Raiders in the women's 800 meter run with a time of 2:14.57.
Both the women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams continued their successful seasons by each capturing wins on the day. The 4x100 team, comprised of Tara Thomas, Taylor Evans, Grimes and Olivia Lewis, ran a winning time of 44.46 to open the meet. The Lady Raiders then captured another victory in the relays when the 4x400 team comprised of Evans, Erica Alexander, Precious Nwokey and Cierra White crossed the line first with a time of 3:36.19.
The track and field squad returns to action next week at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.