LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men’s No. 2 ranked track & field program has reserved two spots on the mid-indoor watch list for The Bowerman, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today.
Senior high jumper Trey Culver and freshman sprinter Divine Oduduru are among the 10 male names in the NCAA that currently reside on The Bowerman mid-indoor watch list. This marks the first time in program history that two Red Raider names have made an appearance on the watch list for this award at the same time.
Culver, a Lubbock native, has fully absorbed the home-crowd advantage at the new Sports Performance Center, bringing in school record performances from both of his competitions this year.
At the home opener Corky Classic meet, Culver made a statement for the season with his NCAA fourth-ranked leap in NCAA history of 2.33m/7-7.75 to seal the win. To get to this height, Culver made only nine attempts in his eight cleared bars, the last three all serving as lifetime-best heights. Not only did Culver ink his name in NCAA history, but also in Texas Tech history. His 2.33m mark became the new indoor school record by almost two-inches.
After receiving National Athlete of the Week Honors, Culver nearly equaled his record-breaking jump, clearing an impressive 2.30/7-6.50 to finish second in the Texas Tech Classic. He now looks to surpass this mark at the upcoming Big 12 Indoor Championship in Ames, Iowa.
Culver was the last Tech athlete on the watch list, making an appearance one year ago in the preseason slate.
Oduduru, has not skipped a beat this season with his nation-leading performances in the 60m and 200m races. The Nigerian sprinter opened up his freshman indoor season with a 6.66 No. 2 all-time run in the Texas Tech record book. In his second meet, he ran his first-ever indoor 200-meter race, claiming a new school record title with a 20.49 run that topped a 20-year-old school record.
Oduduru increased his Texas Tech record book entries to a total of five at the Texas Tech Open. In the 60m prelims, Oduduru improved to a 6.64 personal best for a new No. 2 record book mark. Moving into the finals, he improved yet again to a new best of 6.58 to claim the best indoor 60m mark in Texas Tech history. This time sits third in the nation on the NCAA qualifying list.
He then went on to run his second-ever 200m dash, this time notching his third Texas Tech record mark with a blazing 20.18 performance that sits first in the world. This also serves as the third-highest in NCAA history.
Created in 2009, The Bowerman, named after legendary former coach of the Oregon Ducks and co-founder of Nike, Bill Bowerman, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation. This award has been called by some "The Heisman Trophy of Track and Field."
This weekend, the Red Raiders will host the Texas Tech Shootout on February 9-10, bringing in Abilene Christian, Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Butler Community College, Kansas State, North Texas, TCU, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and UTA.