WACO, Texas – Records fall as the Texas Tech Track & Field teams concluded the 2018 Michael Johnson Invitational on Saturday evening.
After a 45-minute lightning delay, the meet was underway and the Red Raiders didn’t let that affect them.
Sophomore Divine Oduduru wrote his name into the Texas Tech record books after running a personal best time of 10.10 in the men’s 100m invitational, breaking a 14-year-old record. The previous record was set by Tyree Gailes when he ran a 10.11 at the 2004 Outdoor National Championships. His time ranks sixth in the country and 10th in the world.
“I am really proud of Divine and how he set his race up,” Head Coach Wes Kittley said. “I think he had the best start I have seen out of him since he arrived on campus. It was great to see him get a wind-legal 100-meter mark!”
The men’s 4x400m relay team of Oduduru, CJ Jones, Sean Hooper and Vincent Crisp took second in the event with a stadium record time of 3:02.82. The time ranks fifth all-time in school history, fourth in the West Region and seventh in the world.
“The men’s 4x400-meter showed a great effort today. Their time gave us an advantage heading into the NCAA first round later this season. Having a great time will take some pressure off these guys.”
In the men’s 110m hurdles invitational, Darien Tennon set a new personal best time of 13.84 to capture the event title.
Senior Trey Culver cleared 2.21m (7’-3”) on his way to first place in the men’s high jump.
Odaine Lewis captured his third long jump title of the season with a leap of 7.68m (25’-2.50”). Teammate Justin Hall followed in third place with a mark of 7.53m (24’-8.50”). In the men’s triple jump, Charles Brown ended up with a second place finish after a leap of 16.05m (52’-8”).
Duke Kicinski captured two podium finishes as he won the men’s discus invitational with a throw of 58.88m (193-2) and placed third in the men’s shot put invitational with a mark of 17.17m (56’-4”).
Hunter Hopkins finished second in the men’s javelin with his personal best mark of 61.63m (202’-2”).
On the women’s side, Zarriea Willis and Cyre Virgo went 1-2 in the high jump after both clearing 1.72m (5’-7.75”). Willis captured the win by clearing the height in less attempts than Virgo.
Throwers Crystal Onwukaife and Seasons Usual took silver in the shot put and discus, respectively.
Onwukaife threw a 16.06m (52’-8.25”) mark in the shot put while Usual recorded a mark of 51.70m (169’-7”).
Sara Limp’s wind-aided time of 23.22 in the women’s 200m invitational was a season best for the junior. The mark ranks in the Top 20 in the West Region.
In the women’s 800m invitational, Maygen Smith finished third with a new personal best time of 2:09.56.
Chelsey Cole reeled in a third place finish with her personal best leap of 12.40m (40’-8.25”) in the women’s triple jump.
Texas Tech Track & Field will host the first of two home meets next weekend. Athletes from Kansas State, Nebraska and Wichita State will be in Lubbock for the Corky/Crofoot Shootout on Friday.