Red Raiders Earn Fourth-Straight National Top-25 Finish
The Red Raiders earned their fourth-consecutive Top-25 finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday.
June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - The Texas Tech men's track and field team officially earned its fourth consecutive national top-25 finish Saturday as the NCAA Outdoor Championships concluded at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The Red Raiders completed the meet, with no athletes participating in Saturday's events, with 10 points and tying for 24th place in the team standings. The Lady Raiders, meanwhile, finished tied for 49th overall with 3 points.
The Red Raiders now close what has been a banner year featuring a program-best 5th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, three individual national champions and five individual Big 12 Champions.
Four separate Texas Tech athletes scored at the national outdoor meet this weekend, three of which were sophomores including Cierra White (100m), Kole Weldon (shot put) and Jacorian Duffield (high jump). The Red Raiders' lone senior qualifier, Isaiah Gill, continued Texas Tech's strong tradition in the 400-meter hurdles becoming the fourth consecutive Red Raider to score in the event at an NCAA meet dating back to 2010.
At least one Red Raider has scored in the 400-meter hurdles in five of the last eight NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Weldon highlighted the meet finishing third overall in the men's shot put competition- the highest finish in the event in program history. The Jacksboro, Texas native and former walk-on finished runner-up in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Duffield made history in the high jump Friday notching the best-ever clearance by a Red Raider in the event at the NCAA Championships clearing 2.20-meters (7'-2.50") and finishing seventh - the best outright finish in school history.
White closed her remarkable sophomore campaign for the Lady Raiders with a 6th place finish in the women's 100-meter dash Friday marking the second-best performance in school history. White broke school records in both the 100m and 200m this season.
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