Tech Hosts Outdoor Home Opener
Texas Tech hosts its first home outdoor meet of the season Saturday at the Fuller Track and Field Complex.
April 13, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - After beginning the outdoor season with four highly-competitive meets away from Lubbock, the No. 8 Red Raiders and No. 11 Lady Raiders return home to host the Texas Tech Open at the Fuller Track and Field Complex on Saturday.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the field events while action on the track will begin at 3 p.m.
A total of 33 teams are scheduled to compete Saturday including Baylor which enters the meet with both its men's and women's teams ranked in the Top 25.
"I'm glad to be home,' head coach Wes Kittley said. "We don't get too many opportunities for our fans to see us run. We are really excited to have a great field coming."
The Texas Tech track and field squad has had a fast start to the outdoor season, and both of Kittley's squads are looking to continue that momentum in the first of two outdoor meets scheduled to take place at the Fuller Track and Field Complex this spring.
A total of 12 Tech athletes rank among the Top 15 in their respective events entering Saturday's meet. Tech also has four relay squads ranked among the Top 12 on the national performance lists.
Senior Jamele Mason enters the Texas Tech Open ranked No. 2 nationally in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a season-best mark of 49.85 which he recorded at the LSU Invitational `Battle of the Bayou' just last week. Mason also ranks No. 10 in the 110 meter hurdles with a mark of 13.75.
Meanwhile, senior Shane Brathwaite ranks No. 2 in the men's 110 hurdles with a mark of 13.43, while also ranking No. 11 in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 50.90.
"They've just been tremendous leaders," Kittley said. "It's what I've expected out of them as seniors. They have really helped our team."
School record holder Katie Grimes is also primed to compete this weekend. Grimes holds the school record in the 100 meter hurdles with a mark of 13.21 and is coming off a season-best performance at the LSU Invitational `Battle on the Bayou' where she ran a 13.33 - good for No. 15 in the country.
Also set to compete is school-record holder Shade Weygandt. Weygandt, a junior pole vaulter, holds the record with a mark of 4.45 meters (14'-7.25") set on April 8 of last year. She also holds the Fuller Track and Field Complex facility record in the pole vault with a mark of 4.30 meters 14'-1.25" set in 2010.