Men's Track & Field Remains in USTFCCCA Top-Five

Men's Track & Field Remains in USTFCCCA Top-Five

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LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's track & field team is ranked No. 5 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings.

This week's ranking had new marks in both the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles.

Drew McMichael contributed to the ranking for the second week in a row with his new 18-foot clearance lifetime-best mark in the pole vault, which places him 10th in the nation.

Not only does his 5.51m/18-1 bar serve as a personal mark, but it matches the all-time Texas Tech outdoor pole vault record set by Brit Pursley in 1989.

Darien Tennon also upped his mark to back the ranking, notching a 13.86 (+3.1w) run for a new personal best 110-meter hurdle time. Tennon also ran a windy 13.82 run in the finals to place fourth overall.  

On top of these two nationally contributing marks, four Big 12 titles were achieved by the Red Raiders.

Werner Bouwer clinched the first win for Tech with his 69.69m/228-8 performance in his first-ever Big 12 Championship appearance.

Trey Culver went on to claim the second, defending his outdoor high jump title to take his second back-to-back high jump crown this year. Culver cleared a 2.16m/7-1 bar for the win.

The last two champion titles were taken by Benard Keter in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:49.90) and the 5,000-meter (14:11.75) run. Keter is a two-time steeplechase champion and first-time 5k champion.  

The Red Raiders will take a one week break before traveling to the NCAA Division I West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, on May 25-27.

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