Red Raiders, Lady Raider Leap Into Top-20|
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders both jumped into the top-20 of the USTFCCCA computer rankings today.
Feb. 18, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Red Raider and Lady Raider track and field teams each made their 2014 debut in the top-20 of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings today.
The two teams each appeared at No. 17 in the computer rankings, both making significant leaps from just last week. The Red Raiders jumped 18 spots in the men's rankings, while the Lady Raiders moved up 11 spots in the women's rankings.
The Week 4 computer rankings are the first to consider exclusively marks achieved during the 2014 indoor season.
The Red Raiders are anchored by three nationally ranked field athletes including a pair of high jumpers inside the top-6 of the national indoor qualifying list. Junior outdoor All-American JaCorian Duffield enters the week with a season-best and school record clearance of 2.23-meters (7'-3.75"), which currently ranks No. 5 nationally. Meanwhile, teammate Bradley Adkins cleared a season-best 2.21m (7'-3.00") last week at the New Mexico Classic, which enters the week at No. 6 nationally.
In the men's shot put Tech junior Kole Weldon has had a stellar 2014 campaign through four weeks, breaking school records in both the shot put and weight throw. His season-best, and school record, throw of 20.11m (65'-11.75") in the shot put currently stands at No. 5 nationally and No. 20 in the IAAF World Rankings for the 2014 indoor season.
The Lady Raiders enter the week with top-16 marks in six separate events including the 4x400 relay team which boasts a season-best time of 3:34.08. The squad, consisting of Christen Rivers, Amoy Blake, Montenae Roye-Speight and Cierra White, currently holds the No. 6 time in the country.
White also boasts top-16 marks in each the 60-meter and 200-meter dash.
Meanwhile, Lady Raider newcomer Shanice Stewart is ranked No. 7 nationally in the long jump and No. 12 in the pentathlon.
A contingent of Texas Tech athletes will travel this weekend to compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational on the Notre Dame campus.