Texas Tech Notes
April 17, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field program will send athletes across the country this weekend to compete in four separate meets including the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The No. 16 Red Raiders and No. 15 Lady Raiders will also compete at the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational, the Long Beach State Invitational along with the Baylor Michael Johnson/Dr. Pepper Classic.
The two squads open competition Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays.
"It's a big weekend," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We are excited to be competing in such great meets across the country and are looking to get some good marks out of it. We will see some of the best teams and some of the best athletes in the country over the course of the next few days and it will be great for us as we get closer to the Big 12 and NCAA Championships."
Texas Tech enters the weekend of competition fresh off a successful showing at the Texas Invitational in Austin, and with a total of 12 national top-20 marks.
The contingent is led by sophomore thrower Kole Weldon who enters the week No. 2 in the men's shot put while sophomore sprinter Cierra White and senior jumper Bryce Lamb own top-20 marks in multiple events. The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders are set to return to Lubbock and host their final home outdoor meet of the season April 25 with the Red Raider Open.
Texas Tech sophomore Cierra White enters the weekend ranked No. 3 in the women's 100-meter dash and No. 6 in the women's 200-meter dash. White broke the school record in the 200-meter dash at the UTEP Invitational with a time of 22.91 after recording a season-best 11.09 (converted to 11.12 for altitude) in the 100-meter dash. White went 22.99 in the 200-meter dash last weekend at the Texas Invitational in Austin and leads the Big 12 in the 100-meter dash and is No. 2 in the 200-meter dash. Meanwhile, freshman Joseph Richards III enters the meet No. 21 nationally and No. 8 in the West Region in the men's 400-meter dash with a season-best of 46.49 seconds (converted to 46.60 for altitude).
Texas Tech senior Katie Grimes highlights the crew of hurdlers for Texas Tech in 2013. Grimes, the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Runner Up in the 100-meter hurdles, enters this weekend after breaking her own school record in the event at the Texas Tech Open (April 6). Grimes finished first at the Texas Tech Open with a school record time of 13.15 seconds to leap to No. 7 nationally. She enters this week No. 9 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12. The time was converted to 13.19 for altitude following the meet. Meanwhile for the Red Raiders, senior Isaiah Gill enters this weekend No. 8 in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 50.76 and will compete in the Olympic Development section at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Texas Tech junior Ezekiel Kissorio jumped into the top 10 of the national rankings following an impressive performance in the 1,500-meter run at the Texas Tech Open last weekend. Kissorio finished second in the event at the Texas Tech Open with a time of 3:46.39 to (3:43.68 for altitude) to leap to No. 8 nationally and enters this weekend at No. 9. The performance was the best by a Red Raider in the event since 2005 and a career-best for Kissorio who is set to make his season debut in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase this weekend.
2013 NCAA Indoor Triple Jump Champion Bryce Lamb made his outdoor season debut in the triple jump at the Texas Tech Open (April 6) and jumped into the top 10 in the nation with a mark of 15.89-meters (52'-1.75"). With the mark, Lamb finished first overall at the meet and enters this week No. 8 nationally. Lamb also ranks No. 19 in the men's long jump with a season-best of 7.57-meters (24'-10.00") which he recorded at the Texas Relays. Meanwhile, Lady Raider newcomer Le'Tristan Pledger enters the UT Invitational with a season-best 6.06-meters (19'-10.75") to lead all Lady Raiders and rank No. 15 in the West Region and No. 3 in the Big 12.
Texas Tech's Jacorian Duffield and Bradley Adkins will lead Texas Tech high jumpers this weekend both having cleared a season-best 2.13-meters (6'-11.75"). The mark ranks No. 14 in the West Region and No. 2 in the Big 12. Adkins is coming off a third place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships while Duffield qualified for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman and has cleared four bars over 7-feet during his outdoor career.
Texas Tech junior Kyal Meyers enters the weekend No. 16 nationally in the men's pole vault with a season-best clearance of 5.36-meters (17'-9.00") at the Texas Relays. Meyers is not scheduled to compete this weekend. Meanwhile Texas Tech newcomer Haley Cook enters the weekend with a season-best clearance of 3.87-meters (12'-8.25") which ranks No. 6 in the Big 12.
Texas Tech sophomore Kole Weldon and freshman Hannah Carson lead a pack of Texas Tech throwers this weekend. At the Texas Tech Open (April 6), Carson broke a 29-year-old facility record in the javelin with a toss of 49.85-meters (163'-6.00") to finish first overall in the competition. In March the Chandler, Ariz. native broke her own school record in the event with a throw of 52.16-meters (171'-1.00") at the Texas Relays. Carson has finished no lower than third this season in the event. Meanwhile, Weldon enters the weekend ranked No. 2 nationally in the men's shot put with a season-best throw of 19.43-meters (63'-9.00"). Weldon will compete at the Baylor Michael Johnson/Dr. Pepper Classic in Waco.
Texas Tech is scheduled to run both its men's and women's 4x400 relays at the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend. The Lady Raider 4x400 relay enters the meet with the No. 11 time nationally after clocking a 3:33.52 at the Texas Relays in March. Meanwhile the Red Raider 4x400 relay enters with a season-best of 3:08.11 clocked last weekend at the Texas Tech Open.