Tech Sweeps Big 12 Athlete of the Week Honors
Shade Weygandt broke her own school record last night by clearing 4.50 meters (14'-9.00").
May 9, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - On the heels of one of the most successful meets of the season, senior Gil Roberts and junior Shade Weygandt were named Big 12 Athletes of the Week by the Conference Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm just really proud of both athletes," head coach Wes Kittley said. "They both just had spectacular performances."
In the final home meet of the season, Weygandt put on a show by breaking her own school record with a clearance of 4.50 meters (14'-9.00"). She set a new personal record while also breaking the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex facility record.
"It's a really great honor," Weygandt said. "I don't usually peak this late in the season, I'm really excited. I'm excited to peak and really develop everything this late in the season. I'm ready for Saturday."
The Mansfield, Texas native cleared bars at 13'-10.00", 14'-2.00" and 14'-5.00" before breaking the previous school record of 14'-7.25" with the clearance of 14'-9.00". The clearance solidifies her as the No. 5 collegiate performer of all-time in the women's pole vault, and propelled her to No. 2 on the national outdoor performance list entering the Big 12 Championships this weekend. It also met the Olympic qualifying `A' Standard.
"It is just great for her," associate head coach Rock Light said. "She had two great performances, and those are among many for her this season. I'm proud of her. It's just a great honor. She looked great Saturday. It's a well-deserved honor from the Big 12 and to be honored alongside Gil is very special."
In the first 400 meter race of his senior outdoor season, Roberts captured a first place finish in thrilling fashion. The five-time All-American edged out 2010 European Champion Kevin Borlee with a time of 44.93.
"It's a good accomplishment," Roberts said. "But it's more important that I carry it out through the week and into the Big 12 Championships. Hopefully I feed off that momentum and carry it into the conference championships."
With the time he leapt to No. 1 in the nation entering the Big 12 Championships this weekend in Manhattan, Kan.
"It's a good sign as far as things to come and his performance," assistant coach Dion Miller said. "It was his first 400 meter of the year and we are just lucky to have him back. That just shows that he is ready and I really feel like he hasn't shown his best performance yet."
This marks the first career Big 12 of the Week honors fot both Weygandt and Roberts.
Texas Tech is set to compete at the Big 12 Championships this weekend in Manhattan, Kansas with action set to begin Friday.