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Tech to Compete in Triangular With A&M, LSU


Texas Tech is set to compete at the Texas A&M Triangular Saturday in College Station.

Jan. 24, 2014

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LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field program is set for its first road meet of the 2014 indoor season as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders travel to College Station to compete at the Texas A&M Triangular.

The one-day meet scheduled for Saturday beginning at noon, will feature a scored competition between Texas Tech, LSU and host school Texas A&M at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium.

"We are extremely excited about competing in this meet," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "Texas A&M and LSU both have very talented teams, and this will provide us an opportunity to not only post some great times and marks, but do so alongside some of the elite competition in the country."

The Red Raiders and Lady Raider enter the meet fresh off a strong performance at their season-opener last week where seven athletes and the Lady Raider 4x400 relay team posted marks currently in the top-16 of the national indoor qualifying list. The two squads will now face a highly-anticipated match up with the Aggies and Tigers. Texas A&M boasts a women's squad currently ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Preseason rankings and a men's squad at No. 5. Meanwhile, LSU's women's squad sits at No. 8 and its men's at No. 25.

Texas Tech enters the meet with a men's squad ranked No. 7 nationally by Track and Field News in Week 2 of its Dual Meet Rankings published this week. The Red Raiders originally appeared at No. 4 in the preseason Dual Meet Rankings.

Live results from the Texas A&M Triangular can be found by visiting www.FlashResults.com online. 

Texas Tech will return home Jan. 31-Feb. 1 when the program hosts the Masked Rider Open inside the Athletic Training Center on the Tech campus.

EVENT BREAKDOWNS

SPRINTS

Texas Tech enters the Texas A&M Triangular with a group of strong Lady Raider sprinters led by junior star Cierra White. The Philadelphia native is receiving votes on the 2014 Bowerman Women's Preseason Watch List and opened her season with a time of 23.83 (converted to 23.90 for altitude) in the 200-meter dash last weekend at the Texas Tech Open. White won the event, and with it jumped to No. 14 on the national indoor performance list. Meanwhile, junior Christen Rivers clocked a time of  54.01 (converted to 54.12 for altitude) in the 400-meter dash. She also won her event while propelling to No. 5 on the national indoor performance list entering this weekend. For the Red Raiders, freshman Kyle Collins had an impressive debut clocking a 48.19 (converted to 48.30 for altitude) to win the men's 400-meters. Sophomore Joseph Richards III opened the season with a 21.75 to win the men's 200-meters at the Texas Tech Open.

 

HURDLES

Le'Tristan Pledger enters the Texas A&M Triangular fresh off an impressive showing in her season-opener last weekend. The sophomore clocked a season-best of 7.74 (converted to 8.35 for altitude and 60mH rankings) in the semifinals of the women's 55-meter hurdles. Pledger, a 2013 outdoor national qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles, swept each of the three rounds of competition and found herself at No. 13 on the national indoor qualifying list. Furthermore, she helped re-write the Tech record books in the event as the Kansas City, Kan. Native now owns three of the top-6 times in school history for the 55-meter hurdles. Tech junior Shujaa Benson enters the Texas A&M Triangular with the program's top time in the men's 55-meter hurdles after clocking a 7.40 in the semifinals at the Texas Tech Open.

 

DISTANCE

Nick Rivera turned in an impressive performance at the Texas Tech Open clocking a 2:29.96 in the 1000-meter run marking the best performance in the event by a Red Raider since 2011. It marked a career-best for the 2013 Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor 800-meter Champion. Meanwhile, teammate Kendall McVey also clocked a career-best finishing fourth with a 2:31.65. Lady Raider Caitlin Waters clocker her best career time in the women's race finishing with a 2:58.89. She earned All-Big 12 honors in the 800-meter run at the 2013 indoor conference meet.

 

HORIZONTAL JUMPS

Lady Raider Gionna Jackson and Red Raider Shujaa Benson both had strong showings at the Texas Tech Open in the long jump. Jackson won the event with a career-best leap of 5.86-meters (19'2.75"), a mark that enters the weekend No. 3 in the Big 12. Meanwhile, Benson also picked up a first place finish in the men's long jump with a mark of 7.36-meters (24'-1.75") which also ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 men's long jump rankings. Benson went 24'-10.50" during the 2013 outdoor season before finishing fourth at the Big 12 meet. Meanwhile, Lady Raider freshman Viershanie Latham went 12.09-meters (39'-8.00") in the women's triple jump at the Texas Tech Open and enters the meet No. 2 on the Big 12 descending order list. Newcomer Derreck Edwards, a receiver from the Red Raider football team will also make his debut in the men's triple jump.

 

VERTICAL JUMPS

Texas Tech had a record showing in the high jump to kickoff the 2014 indoor season led by junior JaCorian Duffield who broke a 30-year-old school record in the event. Duffield went 2.23-meters (7'-3.75"), and with the clearance enters the weekend at No. 2 on the national indoor qualifying list and No. 1 in the Big 12. Duffield was followed by sophomore teammate Bradley Adkins in second with a career-best clearance of 2.20-meters (7'-2.50"). Adkins leapt to No. 4 on the national indoor list and No. 2 in the Big 12. Meanwhile freshman Dayton Fisher went 6'-10.25" in his career debut and is also in the top-5 of the Big 12 list at No. 5. Junior Michaela Palu won the women's high jump with a clearance of 1.66-meters (5'-5.25"). In the pole vault, Lady Raider freshman Reece Timmons picked up her first career victory clearing 3.80-meters (12'-5.00") on her third attempt. Sophomore Haley Cook finished second (3.65m/11'-7.75"), and freshman Blake Wood finished in third (3.50m/11'-5.75"). Sophomore Josh Sonnen won the men's pole vault with a clearance of 4.90-meters (16'-0.75").

 

THROWS

The Red Raiders had a strong showing in the throws at the Texas Tech Open, led by 2013 NCAA Indoor Shot Put Runner-Up Kole Weldon. Weldon went 19.63-meters (64'-4.00") to win the event last weekend jumping to No. 7 on the national indoor list and No. 1 in the Big 12. The toss marked Weldon's second-best indoors. He was followed by senior teammate Jorge Garcia in third who recorded a career-best with a toss of 17.88-meters (58'-8.00"). Kyle Gooch finished fifth with a throw of 16.39-meters (53'9.25") - also a career-best. Weldon went on to win the men's weight throw with a career-best toss of 18.67-meters (61'-3.00") - which comes in at No. 2 on the Big 12 descending order list. Sophomore Lady Raider Hannah Carson, an All-America Second Team performer from the 2013 outdoor season in the javelin throw, finished third in the women's shot put with a throw of 13.22-meters (43'-4.50").

 

RELAYS

The Lady Raider 4x40 relay got off to a fast start in 2014 clocking a season-opening time of 3:37.80 in a first place finish at the Texas Tech Open. The squad, comprised of Montenae Roye-Speight, Cierra White, Amoy Blake and Christen Rivers, shaved three seconds off the squad's season-opening time from 2013. Rivers, Blake and White return from a squad that broke a nine-year-old school record last season before finishing seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville. The time, converted to 3:38.24 for altitude, currently ranks No. 4 on the national indoor qualifying list and No. 2 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders' 4x400 relay squad comprised of Joseph Richards III, Kyle Collins, Treyvion Johnson and Dwayne Extol clocked a time of 3:15.78, converted to 3:16.22 for altitude, which enters the weekend No. 5 in the Big 12. 


 

 

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