LUBBOCK, Texas – The Red Raider track & field team will open up the new Sports Performance Center by bringing in some of the best teams in the country for a meet to honor Red Raider legend Corky Oglesby this Saturday, January 13.
Tech will be opening up this $48 million state-of-the-art facility to Baylor, Houston, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. The meet will start with the men’s shot put, followed by the mile to kick off the running events at 1 p.m.
MR. TEXAS TECH
Oglesby’s true love belonged to the track as he served 20 years (1975-95) as head coach of the Red Raiders, the longest tenure for a track coach in school history. His list of successful athletes included 32 All-Americans, 11 Southwest Conference outdoor champions and seven SWC indoor individual champions. To this date, Oglesby coached 12 individuals that still own Tech all-time records. This weekend will sadly be different, though, as Oglesby, the former Tech men’s track head coach, passed away Nov. 19 after a battle with cancer.
“Corky was Mr. Texas Tech to me,” said Tech head coach Wes Kittley, a long-time friend of Oglesby. “He gave his life to Texas Tech and touched hundreds if not thousands of lives along the way. He truly loved Texas Tech and it showed. It’s only fitting that we host a meet in his name each year.”
“We’re very excited to get our season rolling this weekend, but even more so, we are humbled to be invited to the inaugural Corky Classic,” said Texas track & field Head Coach Mario Sategna. “Corky Oglesby made a significant impact on our sport with decades of service and coaching at Texas Tech. His presence at meets like this will be missed and we are happy to see Coach Wes Kittley and Texas Tech name a meet to honor a great man like Corky.”
TOP TALENT IN THE NATION
Five of the six teams coming to this weekend’s event were placed top-25 in the country in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason rankings on Wednesday afternoon.
Texas Tech led the men’s rankings at No. 10, marking the third highest preseason ranking in program history. Texas followed at No. 15 trailed by Houston at No. 19. Texas also ranked highest on the women’s side, coming in at No. 5. Behind the Longhorns was No. 7 LSU and No. 19 Baylor.
WHO TO WATCH
The Red Raiders return six indoor All-Americans in 2018, including: Charles Brown, Steven Champlin, Trey Culver, Andrew Hudson, C.J. Jones and Zarriea Willis. Culver, the back-to-back NCAA Indoor High Jump Champion will be competing at 3:30 p.m. alongside Red Raider Olympian Bradley Adkins. Willis will also competing in the high jump at 3:30 on the women’s side. Champlin, a five-time All-American, will run in the 400m dash at 2:10 p.m. Following at 2:30 p.m. will be Hudson in the men’s 60m dash. Both teammates will partake in the men’s 4x400-meter relay to close out the Corky Classic at 4:25 p.m.
More than 15 new faces will be making their Texas Tech debuts this weekend. Amongst those are some of the most highly decorated recruits from the 2017 fall signing period such as: Chloe Cavazos, G’Auna Edwards, Daja Gordon, Kaylor Harris and Faith Roberson. Competing from the 2017 spring signing class is: Jake Benninghoff, Chelsey Cole, Kyla Glenn, Seasons Usual and Chloe Wall.
HOW TO WATCH
Fans can purchase tickets to Saturday’s meet both ONLINE and at the Sports Performance Center ticket window located on the north side of the complex on meet day. Tickets will be $5 for children (2-17) and $8 for adults.
A live stream will also be available for purchase on TexasTech.tv. A pricing map for Saturday’s meet can be located HERE.
Prime Time Timing will be providing live results at no cost.
Tech will host the Red Raider Invitational on Friday, January 19 beginning at 10 a.m. On Saturday, the Sports Performance Center will see its first round of high school talent, as Tech hosts the Under Armour Classic on the 20th starting at 9 a.m.