Tech Track Signs Three No. 1's

Head coach Wes Kittley

Head coach Wes Kittley
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Feb. 3, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 4 Red Raider and No. 17 Lady Raider track & field teams bolstered its already talented programs with the addition of six signees highlighted by three women ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Texas Tech signed the premiere female javelin thrower in Hannah Carson (Chandler/Chandler, Ariz.). Carson was the bronze medalist at the 2010 World Youth Olympics in Singapore and has a career-best throw of 52.35M (171'-9"). She was the top female javelin thrower in 2010 and is the No. 1 ranked javelin thrower coming into 2011. Carson also has thrown the shot put 13.70M (44'-11.75"), the disc 42.72M (140'-2"), high jumped 1.65M (5'-5") and long jumped 5.49M (18'-0.5").

The second No. 1 that was signed by Tech is Le'Tristan Pledger (Washington HS/Kansas City, Kan.). The Kansas City native is the No. 1 returning long jumper in the nation. Pledger, like fellow signee Carson, won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Youth Olympics in Singapore. She was third in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 6.17M (20'-3") at the Youth Olympics. She holds Kansas state records in the long jump and 100M hurdles. Pledger has a personal best wind-aided 13.82 and a wind-legal 13.90 in the 100M hurdles, which ranks her sixth in the nation. She was the 2009 AAU Champion in the heptathlon as well.

The third No. 1 signee is San Antonio Marshall's Michaela Palu. The high jumper is the No. 1 returner coming into the season with a personal best of 1.82M (6'-0"). She placed third at the 2010 Texas state track meet and placed fifth at the New Balance Nationals in 2010. Palu also competes in the triple jump, long jump and 300M hurdles. She won the Great Southwest meet with a clearance of 5'-10".

"In my twelve years here at Tech, this is the best women's recruiting class we have been able to sign with three No. 1's," said head coach Wes Kittley. "It is a phenomenal trio to sign and we are extremely excited about the entire class.

Also adding to the women's class is Olivia Lewis, who will transfer from New Mexico Junior College. Lewis was the 2010 NJCAA Indoor national champion in the 400M and helped New Mexico Junior College to the team title that year. She is originally from St. Louis, MO, and won numerous state titles while in high school at Gateway Tech. She has personal bests of 11.75 in the 100M, 23.97 in the 200M and 54.74 in the 400M.

"I think Olivia will really add to our relays and be able to be a good quarter-miler for us." Kittley said of Lewis.

Killian Barry is a thrower from Dublin, Ireland, that specializes in the hammer. Barry attends Belvedere College and was a member of the 2010 Irish Youth Olympics team. His best throw is 64.62M (212'-0").

"We are really excited about Killian from Dublin, Ireland," Kittley stated. "He is 17 and ranked fourth in the world in the youth hammer. We haven't had a hammer thrower like him in quite some time if ever here at Tech."

Kyle Thompson of Argyle, Texas, will attend Tech in the fall. He will be looked at to contribute in the combined events. He has also run a 10.87 in the 100M and has cleared 15'-9" in the pole vault. He also competed in the Junior Olympics in the 100M and the US Youth Olympic Trials in the 100M and pole vault. He has won medals at the national youth level and is a three-time district champion in the 100M.

"Kyle Thompson is a kid with tremendous potential out of Argyle," Kittley said. "He is really fast and a vaulter. He will be a multi-event kid for us and his great speed really intrigued us.

Kittley said that more signees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.




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