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Tech to Compete at 120th Penn Relays


The 120th Penn Relays will mark a homecoming for junior Lady Raider Cierra White.

April 23, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field program continues its road swing this weekend as the No. 10 Red Raiders and No. 17 Lady Raiders travel to both the 120th Penn Relays and the third annual West Texas A&M Classic in Canyon.

Tech opens competition at Franklin Field in Philadelphia Thursday, while the West Texas A&M Classic is scheduled to begin Saturday. 

"Penn Relays gives us an opportunity to be seen on a worldwide stage," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "It's a chance for our relays to run against some of the very best relay teams in the country."   

Tech will be making its seventh appearance at the Penn Relays since 2005 and first appearance since the 2012 season. Flash Results will provide live results, while FloTrack will provide a live premium webcast of the meet beginning Thursday. 

Texas Tech enters the meet on the heels of competition at the 56th Mt. SAC Relays where school records fell in each the men's 5,000-meter run and the women's 100-meter hurdles. 

Sophomore Lady Raider Le'Tristan Pledger, who is scheduled to compete in two events at the Penn Relays, took down former teammate Katie Grimes' school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.09 seconds Saturday at Mt. SAC. It marked her second sub-13.10 performance of the season, but first in legal conditions for a record. 

Pledger is scheduled to compete as both a leg on the Lady Raider shuttle hurdle relay team, and in the 100-meter hurdles Friday at Franklin Field. 

The Lady Raider 4x400 relay and Red Raider 4x100 relay teams enter the meet with top-20 times in the NCAA West this season. The Lady Raiders, with Montenae Roye-Speight, Christen Rivers, Amoy Blake and Cierra White, have clocked a season-best time of 3:32.86 - good for No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 5 in the NCAA West. 

Meanwhile the Red Raiders, with a squad of Treyvion Johnson, Joseph Richards III, Darien Tennon and Trevor Mackey, have clocked a season-best of 40.00 in the 4x100 relay - good for No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 16 in the NCAA West. 

Texas Tech returns home for the annual Red Raider Open set for May 3 at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.

EVENT PREVIEWS

SPRINTS

Tech enters the week led by a strong pack of Lady Raider sprinters including reigning Big 12 100-meter Champion and Philadelphia native Cierra White. The junior enters the week with a season-best of 11.30 in the 100-meters, and is coming off a season-best of 23.00 in the 200-meters at the Mt. SAC Relays. White owns the school record in both events (11.09/100m & 22.89/200m). White is scheduled to compete on both the Lady Raider 4x400 relay and sprint medley relay while also competing in the 100-meters. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders will look for strong performances out of both Trevor Mackey and Treyvion Johnson in the 100-meter dash. Mackey enters with a season-best of 10.29 in the 100m, which with a 2.8 m/s tailwind ranks as the 10th-fastest wind aided time in school history. Johnson enters the Penn Relays with a season-best of 10.35 in the 100-meters. Mackey and Johnson are both scheduled to run on the Red Raider 4x100 relay, which boasts a season-best of 40.00.

HURDLES
Lady Raider sophomore Le'Tristan Pledger will lead the Tech hurdlers into the Penn Relays fresh off a school record performance at the Mt. SAC Relays where she clocked a time of 13.09 seconds. It marked her second sub-13.10 performance of the season after recording a season-best of 13.08 at the Texas Tech Open with the assistance of a 2.2 m/s tailwind. That time currently ranks No. 3 in the Big 12. The duo of Shujaa Benson and Tramaine Maloney will compete in the 110-meter hurdles - Benson enters with a season-best of 13.85 and Maloney - a 2013 All-Big 12 performer in the event - with a 14.22. The Lady Raiders are also scheduled to compete in the shuttle hurdle relay with the crew of Kayla Coley, Shaelyn Grant, Pledger and Shanice Stewart.

DISTANCE
Evans Tuitoek will compete in the 1,500-meter run at the West Texas A&M Classic, and enters the week having won five of his six races this season. His only loss of the season came to teammate Kennedy Kithuka in the 1,500-meters at the Texas Tech Open. The sophomore is coming off first place finishes in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays. He'll be joined by 2013 Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor 800-meter Champion Nick Rivera in the 1,500-meters. Meanwhile, the Lady Raiders will look for a strong performance out of Madeline Livergood in the 3,000-meters. She won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Wes Kittley Invitational on April 12 with a time of 11:59.43.

HORIZONTAL JUMPS
Lady Raider Gionna Jackson, who will compete at the West Texas A&M Classic, enters the week with the No. 15 mark in the NCAA West in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 12.63-meters (41'-5.25"). Jackson recorded the mark at the Wes Kittley Invitational. The jump ranks No. 4 in school history among wind aided efforts.  She'll be joined by teammates Viershanie Latham and Paetyn Revell who both boast NCAA West Top-40 marks. Latham enters with a season-best of 12.33-meters (40'-5.50"), while Revell has gone a season-best 12.25 (40'-2.25"). The trio will also compete in the long jump Saturday. Meanwhile, Jerome Wilson will compete for the Red Raiders in both the long jump and triple jump - he boasts a season-best of 7.32-meters (24'-0.25") in the long jump and 14.75-meters (48'-7.75"). He went 7.71-meters (25'-3.50") with a 5.2 m/s wind at the Wes Kittley Invitational in the long jump.

VERTICAL JUMPS

The Big 12-leading duo of Bradley Adkins and JaCorian Duffield will represent the Red Raiders Saturday at the West Texas A&M Classic. Duffield enters the meet with a season-best and school record jump of 2.23-meters (7'-3.75") as he matched his indoor career-best with the clearance at the Texas Relays. The jump is currently No. 3 on the NCAA Division I performance list and No. 10 on the IAAF World Rankings for the 2014 season.  Meanwhile, sophomore teammate Bradley Adkins has cleared an outdoor career-best 2.21 (7'-3.00"), good for No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 5 on the NCAA Division I performance list. The pair became the first duo from the same program in 15 years to finish in the top-5 at the NCAA Indoor Championships tying for fifth. Adkins and Duffield are returning national qualifiers from the 2013 outdoor season. Duffield finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships to become Tech's second outdoor All-American in the high jump in school history. Meanwhile, junior Michaela Palu will represent the Lady Raiders and enters the weekend with a season-best of 1.77 (5'-9.75"), good for No. 5 in the Big 12.

THROWS
Texas Tech will travel a crop of throwers led by junior and reigning All-American Kole Weldon to the West Texas A&M Classic. Weldon enters the weekend having already broken school records in both the shot put and the hammer throw this season. The junior first bettered his school record in the shot put with a season-best throw of 19.67-meters (64'-6.50"), a mark that currently ranks No. 3 in the NCAA West and No. 2 in the Big 12. Weldon went on to break the two-year-old school record in the hammer throw with a season-best toss of 60.92-meters (199'-10") - which currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12. Weldon also holds the No. 2 throw in the Big 12 in the discus with a season-best of 60.08-meters (197'-1"). He was the only athlete to earn All-Conference honors in all three events at the 2013 Big 12 Championships. Meanwhile, Lady Raider Hannah Carson has also had a stellar 2014 campaign, twice breaking her own school record in the javelin and setting a new Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex record. She currently boasts a season-best, and school record, mark of 54.03-meters (177'-3"), which ranks No. 1 in the NCAA West.

RELAYS
The No. 10 Red Raiders are scheduled to compete in both the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay while the No. 17 Lady Raiders have entered to compete in the 4x400 and sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays. The Lady Raiders enter the meet boasting the No. 5 4x400 relay in the NCAA West with a season-best time of 3:32.86 with a squad consisting of Montenae Roye-Speight, Christen Rivers, Amoy Blake and Cierra White. Meanwhile the Red Raider 4x100 relay team, consisting of Treyvion Johnson, Joseph Richards III, Darien Tennon and Trevor  Mackey, has clocked a season-best time of 40.00 which ranks No. 16 in the NCAA West. The Lady Raiders are also scheduled to compete in the shuttle hurdle relay with the crew of Kayla Coley, Shaelyn Grant, Le'Tristan Pledger and Shanice Stewart and the sprint medley relay with Amoy Blake, Christen Rivers, Montenae Roye-Speight and Cierra White


 

 

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