LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech track and field team wrapped up day two with impressive performances coming from the field events, highlighted by Monae’ Nichols recording the No. 3 all-time NCAA mark in the long jump.
The Tech women sit in first after day two with 58 points, while the men sit in third with 44 points.
On her very first jump, Nichols leaped 6.97m (22-10.50) which would stand as the clear winner the rest of the evening. In the process, Nichols broke her own school record of 6.86m (22-6.25) and recorded the No. 3 mark in NCAA history and 13th all-time U.S. mark. This mark currently leads the NCAA and the world.
A 2011 Tech record went down Saturday afternoon in the women’s shot put, courtesy of Kayli Johnson. On her fifth throw – where she took the lead – Johnson planted a mark of 17.80m, taking down Ifeatu Okafor’s mark of 17.77m. Johnson was the first Red Raider this weekend to claim a finals victory.
Day two continued with the final events for the multis as Callie Jones placed second overall in the heptathlon scoring 5,864 points – six points shy of breaking the school’s record. In her final three events, Jones placed fourth twice, highlighted by a first-place finish in the javelin at 50.38m. Jones entered the weekend 46th in the NCAA in the heptathlon and her mark today puts her in the top five of the country.
On the other hand, Aria. Tate placed sixth for TTU adding three points to the board. Tate finished with 5,344 points; five points short of an all-time best mark.
Denim Rogers paced the men in the decathlon in fifth with 7,520 points which puts him third-all time in Tech history. Gary Haasbroek was in second but pulled up on the pole vault with a leg injury. The Aussie would gut it out, finishing the javelin and pacing himself in the 1500 to still place seventh overall. He recorded 7,149 points which is 10th all-time in the Tech books.
In the women’s 100 hurdles, Demisha Roswell posted a time of 12.78, breaking her own school record as she registered the second-fastest time overall heading into Sunday’s finals. Meanwhile in the men’s 100 hurdles, Four Red Raiders booked a lane in Sunday’s final, led by Vashaun Vascianna with the overall best time at 13.63. Maliek Kendall (13.65), Taylor Rooney (13.92) and Kyle Lind (14.21) rounded out the quartet.
In the 400, Knowledge Omovoh (52.92) and Nayanna Dubarry-Gay (53.04, PR) qualified for Sunday’s final. Over in the women’s 100, Rosemary Chukwuma recorded time of 10.94 for the second-fastest heat time. Kiah Dubarry-Gay snagged the last finals spot with a time of 11.34. On the men’s side, Jacolby Shelton goes into Sunday with a lane as he finished top 2 in his heat at 10.31 (0.1).
Three Red Raiders will head into tomorrow’s 800 final for the men. Moad Zahafi led the field with a time of 1:46.81. Marco Vilca (1:47.82) and Sven Cepus (1:49.13) rounded out pack. In the women’s field, Joanna Archer and Michael Lewis booked a spot for Sunday. Archer placed sixth overall at 2:06.59, while Lewis finished eighth overall with a time of 2:07.08.
The men’s shot put saw Gabe Oladipo placed sixth. In the high jump, Caleb Wilborn placed third with a season-best height of 2,15m while Jack Scarborough finished sixth (2.11m).
Malik Metivier took the overall 400 hurdles with a time of 49.28 as Oskar Edlund (50.97) and Noah Burton (51.96) also booked a finals spot. Sylvia Schulz led the way for the Tech women registering third overall (57.77).
Chukwuma tied her own school record in the 200 set two weekends ago as she clocked in at 22.78 for the fourth-best time. Aneesa Scott found the last finals spot, going 23.24. On the men’s side, Courtney Lindsey finds himself in Sunday’s final with a time of 20.45.
Ruth Usoro finished right behind Nichols in second with a mark of 6.78m, moving into fourth all-time in Red Raider history. Meanwhile, Ruta Lasmane, in her first Big 12 outdoor meet, finished fifth with a new PR of 6.42m.
Jalen Seals led the way for the men in the long jump, claiming second at 7.82m, a new PR.
The final day begins tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. with the women’s 5k run, followed by the men.
Oklahoma – 67
Texas – 53
Texas Tech – 44
Kansas State – 36
Kansas – 26
Iowa State – 25
TCU – 1
Texas Tech – 58
Oklahoma – 53
Texas – 46
Iowa State – 40
OSU – 26
Kansas State – 22
WVU – 19
Kansas – 18
TCU – 17
Baylor – 13
Release provided by Chris Duarte Texas Tech Athletics