Texas Tech qualifies 48 entries to preliminary round
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Track & Field teams have qualified 48 entries into the NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers, which will be held May 24-26 in Sacramento, Calif.
To qualify, the Red Raiders had to be ranked inside the top 48 of their individual events and top 24 of the relays to make it into the regional meet. From there, the top 12 will punch their ticket and advance to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Texas Tech’s 48 entries is the most by any school in the Big 12. The No. 3 men’s team had 23 entries qualify for the meet, the second most in school history. The No. 29 women’s team had a program-high 25 entries that will represent Texas Tech.
On the men’s side, Texas Tech will have 19 student-athletes travel to compete. Of the 23 entries, 17 are currently ranked in the Top 12 among other West Region marks.
Divine Oduduru and Andrew Hudson qualified for the 100m and 200m. The duo went 1-2 in both events at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Tyreek Mathis clinched a spot in the men’s 400m after running a personal best time of 46.78 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Vincent Crisp and CJ Jones are set to compete in the 800m. Both times are ranked in the top 10 in the West Region.
Darien Tennon earned a spot in the men’s 110m and 400m hurdles. He ranks in the top 10 in the sprint hurdles.
Both men’s relay squads qualified for the Prelims. The 4x100m relay team of Darien Tennon, Divine Oduduru, Andrew Hudson and Charles Brown broke the school record with a time of 39.01 during the Sun Angel Classic.
The women’s team will travel 20 student-athletes to the West Prelims. Kaylee Hinton is one of the Top 24 heptathletes to qualify for the national meet in Eugene and will not compete at the preliminary round.
Thirteen of the women’s athletes earned their spots during the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Sara Limp ran a personal best time of 52.32 in the 400m, jumping to 13th in the region.
The women’s team will have four athletes competing in the 100m hurdles and five athletes qualify for the long jump competition.
Senior Paetyn Revell jumped 13.60m (44-7.5) in her final attempt to record a new personal best and win the triple jump at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. Her mark is fourth in the West Region.
Junior Zarriea Willis cleared 1.86m (6-1.25) in the high jump at the Sun Angel Classic earlier this season, recording the second best mark in the West Region.
Both of the women’s relay teams will compete in the meet for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.