Texas Tech track & field men notch top-ten preseason ranking

Texas Tech track & field men notch top-ten preseason ranking

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Red Raider men's track & field team heads into the season ranked No. 10, as announced this afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  

This marks the highest preseason ranking held by the men's program since 2011 and the third highest preseason ranking in Texas Tech history.

"I fully expect us to keep climbing," said Head Coach Wes Kittley. "I'm thrilled that we were put in the top-10 but we don't like to put much stock in it this ranking, we're eager to go out there and create new marks to keep moving up."

A total of five indoor All-Americans are returning for the Red Raider men, including back-to-back NCAA Indoor High Jump Champion Trey Culver. Last indoor season Culver wrangled two first-place and three second-place finishes, capping the year tying his career-best 2.26m/7-5 height to capture the national crown and make NCAA history.

Also making marks in last year's NCAA history books was jumper Charles Brown. As a sophomore, Brown qualified for nationals in all three jumps events with marks of 2.20m/7-2.50 (HJ), 7.89m/25-10.75 (LJ) and 16.05m/52-8 (TJ). These qualifications notched Brown as the third athlete in NCAA history and first in Big 12 history to qualify in all three jumping events, ultimately naming him the USTFCCCA Indoor Men's Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year.

Three of the indoor All-American returners are major 4x400-meter relay contributors. Steven Champlin and C.J. Jones will be looking to close out their senior seasons not only with their relay performances, but in the 400m and 800m races as well. Champlin backed to this No. 10 ranking with his 46.67 400m time from the Big 12 Indoor Championship, which ranks 21st. Jones also added to the ranking with his 800m time of 1:48.70 from last year's conference meet. Andrew Hudson returns for his junior season, tacking on to this preseason spot with his 60-meter and 200-meter times of 6.68 and 20.80 from the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville.

The Red Raiders will host the inaugural Corky Classic meet this Saturday, January 13 here in Lubbock to open up the new state-of-the-art Sports Performance Center, starting with the field events at 11 a.m. with running events to follow at 1 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at $5 for children (2-17) and $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased both online and at the ticket window of the Sports Performance Center on meet day.

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