LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Track & Field teams wrapped up the last home meet of the season with 20 Top-3 finishes at the Masked Rider Open Saturday evening.
The men's team posted seven Top 3 finishes and 12 individual personal records while the women's team collaborated for 13 Top 2 finishes and five individual bests. The women's team led the way with four event wins.
The women's throwers captured one of the top two positions in three events. Seasons Usualand Happiness Okeke went one and two in the discus. In the hammer throw, Dorleta Armendariz-Lasa placed second with her mark of 52.66m (172-9).
Crystal Onwukaife crushed her personal best throw in the shot put by two feet. She won the event with a mark of 16.86m (55-3.75), that ranks top 10 in the West Region.
"Crystal was the highlight of the meet for us," Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "She had a huge PR in the shot put that really put her in a good position for the upcoming meets."
Junior Lauren Younger posted a career best time of 4:32.56 to win the 1500m. She has bested her time each meet she ran this season.
Freshman Peyton Ricks posted personal best times in the women's 100m and 200m. Her time of 12.04 in the 100m was her first collegiate mark in the event.
Rose Njoku and Kyla Glenn captured second and third in the women's 100m hurdles. Glenn posted a personal best time of 13.81 for third place.
Red Raiders went 1-2 in the men's shot put as Braden Darrow captured the title with a throw of 16.17m (53-0.75). Duke Kicinski came in second with a mark of 15.95m (52-4).
Freshman Dalton Rigdon leaped to a personal best mark of 7.06m (23-2) in the men's long jump, placing third overall.
Freshman Jake Benninghoff took third in the men's high jump after clearing 2.06m (6-9). He was the second best collegiate performer of the event.
In the men's pole vault, Hunter Wigington placed second after clearing 4.89m (16-0.5) in one attempt. He was the top collegiate finisher of the event.
Junior Connor Hughes opened the running events with a second place finish in the men's 3000m steeplechase.
Four of the five Tech runners in the men's 800m run recorded personal bests. The Red Raiders were led by Steven Duran who took second in the event with a PR time of 1:53.18. Normally a 1500m runner, Todd Mickey recorded a personal best time of 1:54.19 to finish sixth.
The Red Raiders travel to Waco, Texas, for the 2018 Big 12 Outdoor Championships next weekend. The meet begins on Friday, May 11, with the decathlon and heptathlon.