LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech No. 5 men's and No. 34 women's track & field teams have qualified 33 entries into the NCAA West Preliminaries, which will be held on May 25-27 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
To qualify, the Red Raiders had to be ranked inside the top 48 of their individual events and top 24 of the relays to make it into the regional meet. From there, the top 12 of both will punch their ticket and advance to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Trey Culver stands as the regional leader in the men's high jump with his last clearance of 2.24m/7-4.25 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium. While leading the west region, this height ranks fourth in the NCAA and 27th in the world. Zarriea Willis is the lone women's high jump entry with her mark of 1.82m/5-11.50, which holds a 10th-place region ranking.
The long jump is stacked with six combined Red Raider entries. Justin Hall and Erin Lopez enter with their 8.01m/26-3.50 and 7.49m/24-7 marks, respectively. Hall's leap enters the region meet with a No. 4 ranking. Zuliat Alli, Kaylee Hinton, Viershanie Latham and Talajah Murrell will be competing on the women's side. Latham leads the pack with her No. 3 west region ranking jump of 6.55m/21-6. Hinton follows at No. 22 with a 6.27m/20-7 jump, ranked 22nd. Alli and Murrell join with their marks of 6.19m/20-3.75 and 6.08m/19-11.50.
Latham and Paetyn Revell make up the triple jump entries. A 13.67m/44-10.25 bound allowed Latham the No. 3 ranking heading into the meet. Revell enters with a mark of 12.46m/40-10.50.
Drew McMichael and Reece Timmons stand as the two Red Raider pole vault qualifiers. McMichael's school record height of 5.51m/18-1 from last week enters the meet in 6th, while Timmons' 4.11m/13-5.75 height sits in 25th.
Tiffani Johnson and Divine Oduduru are both 100-meter and 200-meter dash qualifiers. Oduduru's times of 10.10 and 20.62 rank seventh and 22nd, while Johnson's 11.44 and 23.37 times rank 25th and 47th.
Joining in the short sprints are Trevin Chambers (100m) and Andrew Hudson (200m). Chambers ran a 10.27 race on the Texas Tech home track, which is ranked 26th in the west region. Hudson holds the highest ranking in the 200m, clocking a 20.43 run which sits in 11th.
Steven Champlin, Kyle Collins, Marika Brown and Sara Limp are entered in the 400-meter dash. Champlin and Collins enter the meet with their 1-2 finishing times from the Red Raider Shootout of 45.12 and 45.17, which hold region rankings of No. 3 and No. 5. Brown and Limp have 31st and 40th ranked times of 53.55 and 53.74.
Darien Tennon, Caleb Richmond and Mackenzie Frank all qualified in the 400-meter hurdles. Tennon holds the highest ranking with his 51.26 run that sits in 23rd. Richmond is in 44th with his 51.96 time and Frank in 26th with her time of 59.16.
The 110-meter hurdle qualifiers are Tennon and Dorian Williams with their 13.86 and 14.26 runs. Tennon's time clinches a No. 16 ranking. Kaylee Hinton and Ivy Walker will run the women's 100-meter hurdles. Hinton had a qualifying time of 13.48, and Walker a time of 13.66.
Chambers, Hudson, Oduduru and Tennon comprised the men's 4x100 relay, which entered the meet with a 39.40 time that ranks 12th. Brown, Johnson, Limp and Amani Nesmith made up the women's 4x100, which clocked a 44.48 race for a No. 28 region ranking.
As for the men's 4x400 relay, Champlin, Collins, Crisp and Jones staked a No. 4 ranked run in Austin, Texas, clocking a time of 3:03.28. The women's 4x400, composed of Brown, Frank, Limp and Maygen Smith, also had a season-best time notched in Austin. Their 3:35.80 run enters the meet ranked 21st.
Men's javelin and women's shot put make up the throws entries for Texas Tech. Werner Bouwer stands in an eighth-place ranking with his season opening best-throw of 72.16m/236-9. Hunter Hopkins joins Bouwer in the javelin with his throw of 62.77m/205-11 from the championship meet last weekend.
Freshman Crystal Onwukaife is the lone thrower on the women's side, entering the shot put with a No. 29 ranking throw of 15.44m/50-8.
Charles Jones and Vincent Crisp represent the middle-distance group with their No. 4 and 11 ranked 800-meter times of 1:46.70 and 1:47.66.
Jocelyn Caro's lifetime-best 33:55.81 10,000-meter run from the Big 12 Championship claimed her the 20th ranked spot entering the meet.
Big 12 Champion Benard Keter will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He holds a No. 4 ranked time of 8:43.05, notched at the Mt. SAC Relays.
The NCAA West Preliminaries are set for May 25-27 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.