QUERETARO, Mexico –A pair of Red Raiders represented Texas Tech and Team USA at the NACAC Championships Friday. The two All-Americans competed in the U-23 division for the United States.
Norman Grimes Jr. ran the 400m hurdles, finishing second in the finals. The silver medal performance came thanks to a 50.07 – a great mark for Grimes’ first meet since the national championship.
“Norman did a good job today handling a different type of racing format with two rounds in one day,” said assistant coach Zach Glavash. “He fought to the line. Any time you get to represent the USA and bring home hardware is a great day.”
The rising junior, who last month was the national runner-up in the event to contribute eight points to Tech’s first-ever national championship, ran a 51.79 in the semi-final to qualify.
Justin Hall competed in the long jump at his first NACAC Championship meet. Though his top leap of 24’-3” (7.39m) was not enough to get him into the final, the First Team All-American gained valuable experience competing in his country’s colors.
“Justin had a rough time finding his rhythm,” said associate head coach James Thomas. “However, I think he is now even more motivated heading into final prep for the USATF Championships. International experience in our sport is invaluable.”
Next up for Hall and Grimes is a trip to Des Moines, Iowa, for the July 25-27 USATF Championships. There, they will compete for spots on the Team USA roster for the World Championships and Europe vs. USA Match – both of which take place in September.