Red Raiders Rise to No. 3, Lady Raiders to No. 10 in USTFCCCA Rankings
The Red Raiders climbed to No. 3 and Lady Raiders to No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA Poll.
April 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field program continued to receive national attention on Tuesday evening as the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings were released featuring both teams in the top 10.
In week three of the poll, the Red Raiders jumped five spots to No. 3 in the national rankings while the Lady Raiders climbed one spot to No. 10.
"We had a great week," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We are pleased that the rankings reflect our performance this weekend. It is still early but I am pleased that our kids and our university are both being recognized."
The No. 3 ranking is the highest of the season for the Red Raiders, who opened 2012 ranked No. 4 in the preseason poll, and the highest since April 19 of last season.
With the Lady Raiders climbing one spot to No. 10, it marks the third time in four weeks during the 2012 outdoor season that both teams have appeared in the top 10. Meanwhile it is the fourth time since the USTFCCCA poll was introduced in 2008 that both teams have been ranked in the top 10 during the same week. The Red Raiders were ranked No. 5 while the Lady Raiders were ranked No. 9 during week four of the 2011 season.
Texas Tech is coming off of a highly-successful weekend on the track during which the program hosted the Texas Tech Open at the Fuller Track and Field Complex. It marked the first outdoor home meet of the season, and a handful of athletes had career-best performances.
A total of four athletes propelled into the national top 10 on the outdoor performance list following the weekend of action at Fuller Track. Tech now has five athletes that hold top marks in the Big 12 in their respective events.
Junior Katie Grimes propelled herself to a top 10 ranking by running a blazing 12.99 in the 100 meter hurdles. The time was a personal best for the native of Canyon, Texas and just missed the wind-legal reading of 2.0 meters-per-second to qualify for a school record. The wind reading during Grimes' heat was 2.2 meters-per-second.
Her time ranks No. 7 nationally.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kyal Meyers vaulted a personal best of 5.41 meters (17'-9.00") on Saturday to launch himself to No. 8 in the country and tops in the Big 12 in the pole vault.
Freshman Jacorian Duffield also had a breakout performance Saturday by clearing a personal best of 2.20 meters (7'-2.50") in the high jump.
Both Meyers' and Duffield's marks were cleared inside the Athletic Training Facility due to unsafe wind conditions Saturday at the Texas Tech Open.
Sophomore Kole Weldon continued his stellar sophomore season by setting two new personal best marks Saturday. Weldon jumped into the top five of the outdoor performance list in the discus with a personal best toss of 59.92 meters (196'-7.00"). The mark ranks No. 4 nationally in the event. Weldon now has a total of 10 top-10 finishes this year in three events.
Texas Tech will travel to California this week to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays which is scheduled to begin Thursday.