Tech Sending 20 Student-Athletes to NCAA Outdoor Championships
May 29, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Tech track program wrapped up one of its most successful meets of the year at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas, and will send a total of 20 student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The Red Raiders will be sending a total of 10 student-athletes to compete in nine different events to the NCAA Outdoor Championships while the Lady Raiders have 10 students-athletes competing in 10 different events.
"I am very pleased with the weekend," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "We have had a very good three days and are sending 20 to the NCAA Outdoor Championships so overall I am very happy."
Freshman Julian Wruck punched his ticket to Eugene, Ore., with the best qualifying mark of both NCAA Preliminary sites in the discus. The nation leader for a majority of the season was fourth going into his last throw before tossing the disc 192'-7" (58.70M).
The Lady Raiders 4x100M relay ran its fastest time since 2005 with a 44.18. Erica Alexander, Terra Evans, Candace Jackson and Taylor Evans placed second in their heat with the season-best time to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Red Raiders will be sending two in the 110M hurdles as senior Jansen Hyde will be making his second trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hyde ran a 13.62 placing third in his heat to advance. Hyde ran in the 400M hurdles at the NCAA Championships in 2007. Teammate Brandon Tucker will be making his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in his career. The sophomore was the final time qualifier after running a personal best of 13.82.
Senior Tori Smith advanced to her first NCAA Outdoor Championships tying her school-record time of 13.33 in the 100M hurdles. She was the 10th overall qualifier and gives Tech a total of five hurdlers at the national meet.
Sophomore Terra Evans will have a busy schedule in Eugene, Ore., as she added the 200M to her list of events. Evans ran a 23.65 crossing the line in third in her heat.
For the fourth-straight year Ozie Okolie will be headed to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The senior threw 192'-4" (58.63M) and was seventh overall in the hammer.
Darrell Roddick and Bryce Lamb are headed to Eugene, Ore., in the men's triple jump. Roddick had the third-best jump in the event with a 53'-6.25" (16.10M) while Lamb jumped 52'-2" (15.90M) to finish in eighth. Both will be competing in two events at the NCA A Outdoor Championships.
Texas Tech Results (*School Record, Q-Qualified)