WACO, Texas – The Texas Tech University men's and women's track and field teams had a banner day at Clyde Hart Stadium Sunday at the 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, sealing multiple individual titles and the men's all-around outdoor track and field championship.
The men's team finished the day with 165 points, the most points scored in the outdoor championship by any team since the last realignment.
"This was so incredible," said head coach Wes Kittley, who led his men's team to an indoor and outdoor sweep this season. "This group has a lot of confidence. We feel like we are a little bit better of an outdoor team than we were indoor. From the 4x1, the 400 hurdles, the discus… those 10's start adding up. This was a lot of fun."
The women's team finished sixth overall with 92 points, winning three individual Big 12 Championships in the process. In addition to the heptathlon win Saturday, Paeyton Revell won in the triple jump and Zarriea Willis won in the high jump.
"I'm just so proud of this group," said Kittley. "Our ladies did well. We thought we could get over 100 points and we got close, but I'm really proud of their effort with a really young team. We have a few of Big 12 Champions out of the group which made it really fun for them."
Taking home extra hardware was Devine Oduduru, who was named the High Point Scorer of the Meet. Oduduru won championships in the 100m, 200m and helped the 4x100m relay team seal a victory.
"Wasn't he special? Wow, fabulous in the 200, 100 and in the 4x100," exclaimed Kittley. "He's a three-time champion today and the high point scorer. I'm really proud of him."
Oduduru's day started with the 4x100 relay win with a time of 39.39. Oduduru was joined by Darien Tennon, Andrew Hudson and Joel Latson, who subbed in to run the anchor leg on short notice. Later on in the evening, Oduduru won individual gold with times of 10.11 in the 100m and 20.13 in the 200m. His 200m time goes down as a new Texas Tech record and the fifth fastest time in the nation. Andrew Hudson was third in the 100m at 10.33 and fourth in the 200m at 20.72.
The men's team also claimed a victory on the track in the 800m, with Vincent Crisp taking the top spot. He finished in 1:47.69, less than a second off his best this season. Charles Jones was just behind in third at 1:48.21.
In the 400m hurdles, Norman Grimes hit a new personal best of 49.38 in a victorious performance. His time currently ranks third in the nation.
In the field, Eric Kicinski earned a victory in the discus throw, setting a new stadium record of 59.19m. Other notable performances in the field include a third place finish in the triple jump by Odaine Lewis, who hit a mark of 8.07m (2.8). In the pole vault, Brandon Bray and Drew McMichael went third and fourth with a height of 5.28m.
The day ended for the men in the 4x400m relay, where the Red Raiders claimed a time of 3:05.28 to place second. That team was made up of Norman Grimes, Crisp, Tyreek Mathis and Charles Jones.
The first championship on the women's side came in the high jump, where Willis won by nailing each height on her first attempt, all the way to a winning leap of 1.86m, tying her personal best. She ranks fourth in the nation at this height, 0.02m off the top mark. The rest of the field was highlighted by a personal best from G'Auna Edwards, who hit a new personal best of 1.72m.
The triple jump was among the most dramatic events of the day, as Revell came from behind to win the Big 12 title. Trailing on her last jump, Revell hit a mark of 13.60m (3.7) to move up into first place and defeat the defending champion. She now ranks seventh in the nation in the event. Also in the field was Crystal Onwukaife's third place finish in the shot put. She finished with a throw of 16.68m.
Texas Tech's women's relay teams each had solid performances Sunday. First, the 4x100m team of Kaylor Harris, Daja Gordon, Tiffani Johnson and Sara Limp secured third with a time of 44.52. At the end of the event, the 4x400 team of Taylor Rockwell, Limp, Faith Roberson and Jadsia Warden finished third with a time of 3:35.31, a new season best.
Throughout the evening, several women posted personal bests, including Limp in the 400m. She finished third with a time of 52.32. Kirsten Johnson hit a PR in the 400m hurdles in seventh at 58.64. Finally, Rose Njoku hit a new PR in the 100m hurdles at 13.47.
The record setting point total for the men topped the team's previous high since realignment of 160. Several Red Raiders on both sides will enter the West Regionals as national contenders. That event will take place in Sacramento, Calif. From May 24-26.
"I think what's most important for this program is to keep one foot moving forward, and I think we've done that this year so far."