Long Jumpers score first for Red Raiders
EUGENE, Ore. – Long jumpers Odaine Lewis and Charles Brown served up 10 points for Texas Tech on the first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Wednesday. With those 10 points, the Red Raiders ended the opening day in a three-way tie for ninth place with Michigan and South Dakota.
Lewis landed his best mark in the first of six rounds of long jump, recording a 7.99m/26-2.75 with wind to place third overall. Brown’s top mark came in his second-to-last leap. His 7.90m/25-11 propelled him from ninth into fifth, where he would finish for good.
In the search for more points, Divine Oduduru qualified for the 200m championship with a 20.33. He originally finished third in a strong preliminary heat, but his time ranked well enough against the following two heats to net him an at-large bid for Friday.
Oduduru qualified after also running in the 4×100 and 100m earlier in the day. In the 4×100, he, along with Derien Tennon, Drew Hudson and Charles Brown, finished third in their heat with a time of 39.37 that was good for 13th place.
Oduduru had a quick turnaround, as he then went and ran the semifinals for the 100m. He crossed in a tightly-contested heat that required the scorers to look into the thousandths of seconds to determine the placing. Oduduru’s score was refined to a 10.119, which netted him fourth in his heat and 11th overall.
“You’ve got to be good and got to be lucky at this meet,” Head Coach Wes Kittley said. “Divine ran really well in the 100, but just didn’t make the final. He ran one of his best times of the year. But he made it in the 200, so we’ve got a good chance for him on Friday.”
Elsewhere on the track, Vincent Crisp narrowly missed a championship berth in the 800m with a 10th-place finish. Crisp ran a 1:48.34.
The Red Raiders had one competing in the pole vault in the form of Drew McMichael. The junior posted a 5.30m/17-4.50 to finish 13th in the field.
The lone athletes in action during the opening day of women’s competition Thursday will be the squad from the 4×100. Tech will be going with Kaylor Harris, Daja Gordon, Tiffani Johnson and Sara Limp. They are scheduled to run at 4:02 PT/6:02 CT.
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