Lamb Wins Big 12 Long Jump Title|
2013 Big 12 Long Jump Champion Bryce Lamb.
May 4, 2013
WACO, Texas - Texas Tech senior Bryce Lamb capped off a historic performance for the No. 18 Red Raiders Saturday at the 2013 Big 12 Championships.
Beneath the Hart-Patterson Track lights, Lamb was officially crowned as the first Red Raider in school history to win a conference championship in the long jump. The title came after he took a commanding lead with an opening leap of 26-feet 4.25 inches, and never looked back.
"It feels good," Lamb said. "It's about time. To come in here and get this is good; I kind of wanted to do a little more, but I got some good work in and got myself out there for the rest of the season so I'm very happy."
His performance highlighted a big day for the No. 18 Red Raiders as the squad collected 34.5 points, and find themselves in third place entering Sunday's finals. Lamb was followed by teammate Shujaa Benson who finished fourth with a jump of 7.50-meters (24'-7.25") as the pair picked up 15 points for the Red Raiders in the event.
"We did exactly did what we needed to do today to put our men's team in position for Sunday," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said.
The Tech women's team enters Sunday eighth overall with the eight points.
Texas Tech also turned in an impressive performance in the men's high jump where the Red Raiders took two of the top three spots. Sophomore Jacorian Duffield cleared a season-best 2.17-meters (7'-1.50") on his first attempt to finish second in the competition - marking his second consecutive top-five finish at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Duffield was followed by freshman teammate Bradley Adkins who also cleared 7'-1.50", doing so on his second attempt and setting a new outdoor career-best in the process. Adkins tied for third in the competition as Tech earned 13.5 points in the competition.
The Red Raiders picked up six points in the men's discus throw where sophomore Kole Weldon finished fourth with a throw of 55.07-meters (180'-8") and teammate Taji Henley followed in eighth with a career-best toss of 53.45-meters (175'-4").
On the track, Texas Tech took two of the top three spots in the women's 100-meter hurdles as senior Katie Grimes finished second overall, and first in her heat, with a time of 13.34. She was followed by freshman Le'Tristan Pledger who finished third, second behind Grimes in the opening heat, with a time of 13.41.
Grimes finished runner up at the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Manhattan, Kan. before finishing runner up in the 60-meter hurdles earlier this year in at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Meanwhile, two Lady Raiders qualified for Sunday's finals in the 200-meter dash led by sophomore Cierra White who finished second overall in the preliminaries with a time of 23.06 seconds. Senior Candace Jackson also qualified based on time finishing eighth overall in 23.78 seconds.
White also qualified for the finals of the women's 100-meter dash finishing first overall in the prelims with a time of 11.40 seconds - she will look to become the first Lady Raider to sweep both events at the conference meet since Tiffany Green achieved the feat in 2001.
Lady Raider Christen Rivers also secured a spot in Sunday's finals after finishing fifth in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 54.03.
Action resumes Sunday with field events set to begin at 11 a.m. and finals of the running events set for 3:45 p.m. at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex in Waco.