Duffield Honored as Big 12 Athlete of the Week|
JaCorian Duffield was named the Big 12 Men's Athlete of the Week Wednesday.
May 7, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior high jumper JaCorian Duffield has been named the Big 12 Men's Athlete of the Week as announced by the conference office Wednesday.
Duffield is Texas Tech's third student-athlete to be recognized by the conference this outdoor season joining teammates Le'Tristan Pledger and Kennedy Kithuka who were named Big 12 Athlete of the Week on March 26 and April 23 respectively for their outstanding performances.
"It's an honor anytime we have an athlete recognized at the conference level." Texas Tech high jump coach James Thomas said. "When you see people competing to their potential it's contagious, and hopefully this is a reflection of where our team is at right now."
Duffield, who is being honored by the Big 12 for the second time in his career as an Athlete of the Week, cleared a school record and Big 12-leading height of 2.27-meters (7-feet 5.25 inches) in the high jump on his first attempt at the Red Raider Open Saturday.
The clearance improves upon his previous Big 12-leading and school record mark of 2.23-meters (7'-3.75") and came after clearing 2.24m (7'-4.25") on second attempt. Duffield's effort moves him to No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 8 on the current 2014 IAAF World Rankings where he is fifth among all U.S. high jumpers.
He is one of just two Big 12 high jumpers (Erik Kynard - K-State) to clear 7-5 or higher outdoors in at least the last five seasons.
Duffield, a two-time All-American in the event, has now recorded each of the top-3 jumps in school history this season (7'-5.25"), (7'-4.25") and (7'-3.75").
The No. 5 Red Raiders and No. 21 Lady Raiders will next compete in the Big 12 Outdoor Championships hosted by Texas Tech at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex May 16-18.