LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech track & field team is hosting its second home meet in a row on Saturday, May 6.
Competing in this weekend's competition is: Abilene Christian, Arizona, Club North West, DSTC, East Texas Baptist, Hardin-Simmons, New Era Sprint Club, New Mexico JC, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Our Lady of the Lake, South Plains, Southern Nazarene, University of the Southwest, Wayland Baptist, Western Texas College and Wiley.
The field events will kick off the one-day meet at 11 a.m. with the men's and women's javelin. The running events are set to begin at 5 p.m. with the women's 4x100 relay.
The Masked Rider Open is free to attend and the clear bag policy is in effect at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track Stadium.
Meet results will be provided by the South Plains Track Officials (SPATO) at www.spato.us/ttu/2017/.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Two more Red Raiders were honored Big 12 Track & Field Athlete of the Week awards this outdoor season, bringing the total to five. Steven Champlin and Viershanie Latham were garnered these awards from their 400-meter and long jump performances at the Red Raider Shootout. Champlin clocked a 45.01 run in the men's 400m, qualifying as a No. 4 nationally ranked mark. Champlin's run also serves as the seventh-ranked time in the world so far this year.
Latham has continued to thrive in the women's jumps, this week bringing herself to the top of the national rankings in the long jump. Her mark of 6.55m/21-6 allowed her to tie for fifth in the NCAA. Latham is also ranked third in the triple jump for her leap of 13.67m/44-10.25 in Waco. Latham nearly matched this mark at the Red Raider Shootout with her winning 13.66m/44-9.75 jump.
GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES
The men's team matched the highest ranking in program history with their third-place spot in this week's USTFCCCA rankings. This is the highest ranking held by the men's program since 2012. Steven Champlin's and Kyle Collins' times of 45.01 and 45.06, officially entered as 45.12 and 45.17 after the altitude conversion, moved them to No. 4 and No. 5 on the national qualifying list in 400-meter dash. Drew McMichael also notched a new lifetime best in the men's pole vault with his 5.25m/17-2.75 clearance, ranking him 20th on the west qualifying list. Trevin Chambers contributed to the ranking with his personal-best 10.24 (converted to 10.27) 100-meter dash.
TOPPING THE RANKS
Texas Tech has 10 performances ranked top-10 in the nation and seventeen with top-25 NCAA marks. On the women's side, Viershanie Latham and Zarriea Willis take charge with their third and 12th-place rankings respectively in the women's triple jump and high jump. Willis claimed a new high jump mark of 1.82m/5-11.50 at the Red Raider Shootout to move her up three spots iin the national rankings. Latham notched her leading moderately-windy mark of 13.67m/44-10.25 at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco. Latham is also ranked fifth in the NCAA for her lifetime-best long jump leap of 6.55m/21-6. Leading the men in the top-10 spots are: Charles Brown, Trey Culver, 4x400 relay (Kyle Collins, Steven Champlin, C.J. Jones, Vincent Crisp), Benard Keter, Justin Hall, Divine Oduduru, Kyle Collins and Steven Champlin.
ON THE DOCKET
Next up, Texas Tech will hit the road for the Big 12 Championship in Lawrence, Kansas on May 11-13.