Texas Tech to Compete at Annual UTEP Springtime Invite

Texas Tech enters Saturday's UTEP Springtime Invitational with both men's and women's teams in the top-20.

Texas Tech Notes

March 22, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field program is set to continue its 2013 outdoor season as the No. 16 Red Raiders and No.17 Lady Raiders travel to El Paso to compete at the annual UTEP Springtime Invitational Saturday at Kidd Field.

Field events for the single-day meet are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the hammer throw while action on the track is slated to start at 3 p.m. with the men's and women's 4x100 relays.

Texas Tech enters the meet after a highly-successful season-opener last weekend at the 35th Annual Aztec Invitational in San Diego. A total of 15 student-athletes appear in the top-15 of the NCAA Division I national outdoor qualifying list while both sophomore thrower Kole Weldon and the Lady Raider 4x400 relay team hold No. 1 rankings. 

Texas Tech opens the 2013 outdoor season with both men's and women's programs appearing in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2013 Outdoor Preseason Computer Rankings as the Red Raiders appeared at No. 16 while the Lady Raiders appeared at No. 17 in the first rankings of the season released Tuesday.


Lady Raider Cierra White highlighted the 35th Annual Aztec Invitational for the Lady Raiders. White, a two-time All-American, swept both the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash to kick-start her 2013 outdoor season. White finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.68 and the 200-meter with a time of 22.91. With the performance, she jumped to No. 2 nationally in the 200-meter and No. 17 in the 100-meter dash. White is the only female Big 12 athlete to be ranked in the top-20 nationally in both events.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech senior Isaiah Gill won the 400-meter dash last weekend with a time 47.31 to lead a 1-3 Red Raider sweep of the event at the Aztec Invitational. Gill's time ranks No. 6 nationally. Freshman Joseph Richards III finished second at the Aztec Invitational with a time of 47.64 - a time that ranks 10th nationally.


Texas Tech senior All-American Katie Grimes got her 2013 outdoor season off to a fast start last weekend at the 35th annual Aztec Invitational. Grimes finished first overall in the 100-meter hurdles with at time of 13.48 seconds. The performance jumped her to No. 3 nationally. Meanwhile, Red Raider newcomers Tramaine Maloney and Dwayne Extol each took top-three finishes in the 400-meter hurdles. Extol won the event with a time of 52.16 seconds. Grimes finished sixth in the finals of the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.


Texas Tech freshman Marcos Vallejo highlighted the Red Raider distance crew's performance at the Aztec Invitational last weekend. Vallejo finished third overall in the invitational men's 5,000-meter run with an impressive time of 14:25.26. It marked the best time by a Red Raider in the event since 2008 and propelled him to No. 3 in the West Region. Meanwhile, teammate Brendan Devlin recorded a new personal-best in the event with a time of 15:12.43. .


Lady Raiders Gionna Jackson and Avril McGhee each opened their 2013 outdoor season last weekend at the Aztec Invitational. Jackson competed in each the long jump and the triple jump collecting second place finishes in both. Her mark of 5.93-meters (19'-5.50") in the long jump currently ranks No. 16 nationally and No. 7 in the West Region. McGhee, who finished second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in the triple jump, finished fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump in San Diego. Her mark of 11.74-meters (38'-6.25") in the triple jump ranks 42nd nationally and 14th in the West Region.


Both sophomore Jacorian Duffield and freshman Bradley Adkins each leapt into the top-25 nationally after fast starts to the 2013 outdoor season in the high jump. Duffield enters this weekend with a season-best 2.13-meters (6'-11.75") after finishing first overall Friday at the Aztec Invitational. The mark ranks No. 10 nationally. Meanwhile Adkins enters with a season-best clearance of 2.08-meters (6'-9.75") after finishing runner-up to Duffield in his outdoor debut. The mark ranks 22nd nationally.


Texas Tech All-American Kyal Meyers opened his junior campaign with a clearance of 5.18-meters (17'-00") in a first place finish at the Aztec Invitational last weekend. It marked his 10th-career clearance of 17-feet or higher outdoors while it jumped him to No. 12 nationally in the event. Meanwhile freshman teammate Kyle Thompson cleared a career-best bar at 4.98-meters (16'-4.00") to enter the UTEP Springtime Invitational ranked No. 25 nationally in the event.


Texas Tech sophomore All-American Kole Weldon highlighted the Red Raider and Lady Raider throwers last weekend with a first place finish in the shot put. Weldon recorded a throw of 19.43-meters (63'-9.00") to jump into the national lead in the event. The Jacksboro, Texas native is coming off an runner-up effort at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put and qualified for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus as a freshman. Meanwhile, Lady Raider thrower Hannah Carson finished first overall last weekend in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 50.12-meters (164'-5.00") to leap to No. 3 nationally and No. 2 in the West Region in the event.


The Lady Raider 4x400 relay team highlighted the 2013 outdoor opener with a first place finish and time of 3:36.94 to take the national lead. The squad, comprised of Christen Rivers, Tiffany Tarver, Olivia Lewis and Amoy Blake won by a full six seconds at the Aztec Invitational. Meanwhile, the Red Raider 4x400 relay team, comprised of Isaiah Gill, Dwayne Extol, Kenneth Williams and Joseph Richards III, also took home a first place finish crossing the line with a time of 3:12.70. 




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