WACO, Texas – The Texas Tech University men's and women's track and field teams each brought home hardware and set themselves up for a run at the title on day two of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.
Two Red Raiders brought home individual Big 12 Championships, starting with Kaylee Hinton's win in the heptathlon. Her score of 5,793 points sealed her second straight Big 12 Championship in the event. She won three events overall in the shot put, high jump and 200m. She also took second overall in the 100m hurdles and the 800m, which capped off the event. Texas Tech has now won four straight Big 12 Championships in the heptathlon, dating back to Natalie Thompson's run from 2015-16.
On the men's side, the day was punctuated by a strong all around performance in the long jump. Texas Tech won the title and had three Red Raiders finish in the top-5, bringing the team 22 points overall.
Odaine Lewis came out on top with the championship, the first conference title for the junior. Lewis only needed his first jump to seal the title, leaping to a mark of 8.07m (2.8). His second jump registered at 7.91m, and the junior was able to pass on the remainder of his attempts as no competitor could catch him.
Charles Brown came in second overall, registering his first jump at 7.91m. Due to wind, Brown's jump goes down as the new Clyde Hart Stadium Record, of which he set two years prior. Justin Hall completed the strong performance in the final, with a fifth place mark of 7.73m.
All eyes were on the men's high jump competition Saturday, with defending champion Trey Culver taking on a packed field that included the current top two high jumpers in the nation. Culver competed his way into the final two, with a mark of 2.25m (7-4.50), which now ranks him fifth in the nation. However, Vernon Turner of Oklahoma, currently ranking second nationally in the high jump, bested the field on the day at 2.28m. Culver attempted a high jump of 2.31m, a mark no NCAA athlete has hit this year, but was just short. Jake Benninghoffalso scored points for Texas Tech, finishing sixth with a personal best of 2.11m.
The women's team took home 17 points in the long jump, taking two of the top three spots. G'Auna Edwards led the pack with a mark of 6.23m. Behind her in third was Zuliat Alli, who's final leap bumped her up the standings at 6.19m (3.2). Ivy Walker rounded out the podium in sixth at 6.15m.
In the decathlon, Clark Griffith finished his last five events Saturday to take third overall. His 6,821 points is a new personal best for the freshman.
Outside of the finals, several track student-athletes earned their way into Sunday's final events. Among the top contenders on Sunday will be Divine Oduduru and Andrew Hudson in the men's 200m. Hudson was the top finisher in qualifying with a time of 20.51 (2.9). Oduduru won his heat and was the second fastest at 20.54.
That same duo placed second and third in the 100m qualifying with times of 10.19 and 10.26, respectively. Hudson's time was a personal best.
In the 800m prelim, Vincent Crisp and Charles Jones took the top two spots. Crisp clocked in at 1:51.20, while Jones was second at 1:51.36. On the women's side, Daja Gordon and Tiffani Johnson qualified in the 100m in fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 11.46 and 11.48.
The Red Raiders will complete competition tomorrow, starting with the women's high jump finals at 2:30 p.m.