LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech track & field its set to host its second meet of the season tomorrow, January 19, at the newly-opened Sports Performance Center, starting with the field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 11 a.m.
This weekend, Tech will bring in: McMurry, Miami, Oral Roberts, Rutgers (w), SMU (w), Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas Southern and UTSA.
HOW TO WATCH
Fans can purchase tickets to Friday'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 Friday’s meet can be located HERE.
Prime Time Timing will be providing live results at no cost.
The jumps squad secured four wins in their five entered jumps events at last week’s Corky Classic. Three of these first-place finishers inked their names in the All-Time indoor records at No. 1, 2 & 3. Culver came in with the No. 1 spot in men’s high jump, topping the previous record by almost two inches at 2.33m/7-7.75. This exceptional performance assisted him in garnering National and Big 12 Athlete of the Week accolades, as well as a spot on Sports Center showcasing his No. 4 All-Time NCAA mark. Charles Brown took the No. 2 spot in the men’s long jump with his second leap of the series, coming in at a distance of 8.03m/26-4.25. This distance knocked down Bryce Lamb’s 2011 performance of 7.98m/26-2.25 at the Texas Tech Invitational. Brown is both the national and world leader in the men’s long jump this season. Zarriea Willis holds seven of the top-10 indoor records, including the school record, with her last high jump performance sitting at No. 3. Her 1.82m/5-11.50 bar ranks fifth on the NCAA Division I Indoor Qualifying list so far this season.
TOP PERFORMERS AT THE CORKY CLASSIC
The Red Raiders totaled 20 personal-best performances and six event wins last week at the inaugural Corky Classic. Aside from the jumps, the throws and men’s sprints had great performances. Divine Oduduru clocked a No. 2 all-time run in the men’s 60-meter dash, finishing first amongst attached athletes at a 6.66 time. The throws standout was Duke Kicinski in both the shot put and weight throw. The junior transfer had personal-best marks in both, for two top-three finishes. Kicinski had a toss of 18.33m/60-1.50 in the weight throw for third-place overall. He made exceptional strides in the shot put, improving his mark by over 10 feet, with a best of 18.99m/62-3.50. Kicinski’s previous best was 15.93m/52-3 from his time at West Texas A&M. Kicinski’s shot put mark sits tied for sixth in the NCAA this season. Crystal Onwukaife also had major improvements in the shot put, improving on her best distance from last year by almost a foot-and-a-half. She claimed second at the meet with her 15.19m/49-10 mark.
THAT NEW, NEW
Junior transfer Tyreek Mathis took part in his first meet as a Red Raider, improving his 400-meter performance from 47.84 to 46.48 for a No. 1 finish. Freshman, G’Auna Edwards secured her first event win in the women’s long jump, hitting a best of 5.99m/19-8. Edwards also competed in the 60-meter hurdles (8.51) and high jump (1.62m/5-3.75) for seventh and eighth-place finishes. Seasons Usual made her Tech debut in the throws, finishing third in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 16.53m/54-2.75. Transitioning from cross country to track, newcomer Nokuthula Dlamini hit a personal best in her 1000m run, clocking a time of 2:55.11 for eighth place. In the pole vault crew, Chloe Wall and Hunter Wigington opened their freshman seasons with sixth-place finishes. Wigington finished at 4.87m/15-11.75 and Wall at 3.62m/11-10.50.
ON THE DOCKET
Next up, the Red Raiders will host two separate meets. On Friday, the Red & Black Open one-day meet will take place. Following, Tech will host its first two-day meet of the indoor season, the Texas Tech Invitational & Multis, on Friday and Saturday.