Duffield, Adkins Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Indoors

March 14, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - It didn't take long for Texas Tech to make its presence felt during the opening day of competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships inside the Albuquerque Convention Center Friday afternoon.

The No. 24 Red Raiders, represented by a pair of Texas natives in the men's high jump, got on the awards stand early thanks to a historic performance out of sophomore Bradley Adkins and junior JaCorian Duffield.

The pair tied for fifth overall in the competition, each securing First Team All-America honors, and combining for seven points for the Red Raiders in the team standings. With the performance, Texas Tech became the first school in 15 years to place two athletes in the top-5 of the men's high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

"It's great to come here and just know that we can be a force," Duffield said. "I think we have put Texas Tech on the map in the high jump, and that's what we wanted."

Duffield and Adkins are the first duo since Arkansas' Kenny Evans and Lavar Miller in 1999 to finish in the top-5 of the event at the national indoor meet. Meanwhile, it marked the first time Texas Tech has put a high jumper on the podium at the NCAA Indoor Championships since 1993.  

Late in the competition, the pair cleared 2.20-meters (7-2.50) on their first attempt before scratching on a bar set at 2.23m (7-3.75).

Adkins and Duffield each missed on their first attempt at the opening height of the competition set at 2.10m (6-10.75), before turning around and clearing it on their second attempt. Duffield and Adkins would both go on to clear 2.15m (7-0.50) and their final bar on first attempts.

For Duffield, it marked his second-consecutive All-America honor in the high jump after finishing seventh at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene. Adkins, meanwhile, claimed his first career All-America honor after qualifying for outdoor nationals last year.

Duffield, who finished runner-up at the Big 12 Championships, opened the 2014 indoor season by breaking a 30-year-old school record in the event clearing 2.23-meters (7-3.75) at the Texas Tech Open in January. He and Adkins would go on to clear the bar again at the Big 12 Championships in Ames to become the first Red Raiders in school history to finish in two of the top-3 spots at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Later on the track, Lady Raider sophomore Le'Tristan Pledger finished ninth in the preliminaries of the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.17 seconds. She finished fourth in her heat, and was .04 seconds outside the final qualifying spot for Saturday's finals.

Pledger also finished 12th in the trials of the women's long jump where she went 6.05m (10-10.25) on her first attempt. She matched the jump on her third attempt before competing in the 60-meter hurdles moments later on the track.

Teammate Shanice Stewart finished 11th in the long jump after going 6.10-meters (20-0.25) on her third attempt.

Texas Tech returns to the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday with junior Kole Weldon scheduled to compete in the men's shot put at 4:30 p.m. (CT). The Lady Raider 4x400 relay team will then go for its third-straight All-America honor - which would mark a first in the Wes Kittley Era (2000-present). The relay is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. (CT).

ESPN3 will broadcast the meet beginning at 6:50 p.m. (CT). Live results can be found by visiting FlashResults.com




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