SACREMENTO, Calif. – Texas Tech track & field completed the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary meet on Saturday, passing six more events to advance to the National Championship.
The Red Raiders finished the preliminary round with a total of 16 entries to send on to Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Texas Tech was the only school in the nation to post two 200-meter qualifiers in Divine Oduduru and Andrew Hudson. Oduduru posted the top national time at the quarterfinals in both regional meets at 20.21, running away with his heat. Hudson earned third in his heat, clocking in at 20.71 for an automatic qualification.
Returning to Eugene for his fourth NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships appearance is Trey Culver in the men’s high jump. The Lubbock native cleared all four of his jumps in his first attempt and was one of three jumpers to eclipse 2.16m/7-1 with one jump. The two-time indoor national champion heads to Eugene in search of his first outdoor title.
Odaine Lewis, who previously punched a ticket to Eugene in the long jump on Thursday, secured his spot at nationals in the triple jump on Saturday. His third mark of 1.5.96m/52-4.5 placed him in sixth in Sacramento.
The men’s and women’s 4x100 relays both punched tickets to Eugene, clocking in with times of 39.42 and 44.72, respectively. The men’s quartet of Darien Tennon, Divine Oduduru, Andrew Hudson and Charles Brown placed second in its heat while the women’s team, consisting of Kaylor Harris, Daja Gordon, Tiffani Johnson and Sara Limp, finished third in its heat to earn an automatic bid to nationals.
The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set to begin in two weeks, June 6-9, on Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
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