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.
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.
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.