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Texas Tech Track and Field Performs Well in NCAA West Preliminaries

Texas Tech had a successful outing in the NCAA West Preliminaries in Eugene, Oregon.

Tech advanced a total of 10 Red Raiders and Lady Raiders to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines.

Head Coach Kittley had this to say:

“It was a good day. I felt 10 out of 12 advancing was probably the best you can expect especially weather wise. I was pleased with our throwers and Bryce doing what they needed to get through the next round. It was a good day overall.” –

Sophomore long jumper Bryce Lamb advanced to his second-straight NCAA Outdoor Championship. Lamb had the second-best jump of the day at 25′-6.75″ (7.79M). He will also be competing in the triple jump the Sunday.

In women’s shot put Ifeatu Okafor and Kelly Closse both advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Okafor placed seventh with a best throw of 53′-3.50″ (16.24M) and Closse’s best throw was 53′-00.75″ (16.17M) for eighth.

In men’s hurdles, Jamele Mason and Bryce Brown both won their heats of the 400M hurdles to advance to the quarterfinals. Mason qualified with a time of 50.81 and Brown advanced with a time of 51.43. The quarterfinals will be run today at 3:35 p.m.

In sprinting, Gil Roberts and Latoy Williams both advance to the quarterfinal of the men’s 400M. Roberts earned an automatic berth finishing in 2nd. He ran a 46.62 in his heat. Williams ran a 46.80. The men’s quarterfinal will be run today at 2:05 p.m.

Candace Jackson ran a 54.99 to earn the final spot in the women’s 400m and advance to the quarterfinals. The women’s 400M will be today at 1:50 p.m.

Devin Bailey and Caroline Jepleting both qualified for the women’s 800M quarterfinal. Bailey ran a 2:07.64 and Jepleting ran a 2:07.78. The women’s 800M quarterfinal will be run today at 2:50 p.m.

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