Red Raiders climb higher up national leaderboards on opening day of Texas Tech Shootout.
LUBBOCK, Texas – With a full squad back in action for the first time in two weeks, the Red Raiders showed they are continuing to get stronger as they are now half a month from hosting the Big 12 Championships.
Divine Oduduru highlighted the men’s side of things with a personal record in the 60m. The Nigerian, who Wednesday was one of eight Bowerman preseason watch list members to be named to the mid-indoor watch list, made his way into the finals with a season-best 6.62. In the finals, he turned in a blazing 6.56 to win it. Oduduru tied the school record, which was set by Andrew Hudson just two weeks ago at the Texas Tech Classic. The duo have a tight hold on the top-two spots in the Big 12 and currently rank third in the nation.
Assistant coach Calvin Robinson was pleased with Oduduru’s performance after coming off a week of training.
“We went back to work and fixed some things to make sure he was confident with what he was doing,” Robinson said. “We talked about coming out and running two fast races, because that’s what it’s going to take at Big 12s and NCAAs. And that’s what he did. He had good execution, he looked fluid and I’m happy with the way he did.”
Oduduru was joined in the finals by freshmen Jacolby Shelton and Keion Sutton, who also won their respective heats. Shelton finished just behind Oduduru with a 6.67 that tied his personal best, while Sutton ran a 6.75 to place sixth.
Sara Limp led the women’s side, hopping a whole 10 places in the national rankings with an indoor personal best of 52.51 in the 400m. The mark was an indoor personal best and came in as the second-fastest 400m time in school history. Limp has now hopped Kiana Horton of Baylor to take over as the leader in the Big 12.
“Sara had a great race,” Robinson said of the senior. “She was due for this and she looked great.”
In the 60m, D’Jenne Egharevba placed fifth with a season-best 7.42. She did so after turning in a 7.52 in the prelims, which was good enough to clinch her an at-large bid to the finals. Also advancing to the finals – and placing sixth – was Robyn Byrd, who did so with a 7.44. Peyton Ricks ran in the Olympic development section of the 60m, finishing fourth with a 7.54 Her bid to the finals came thanks to a prelim time of 7.59 that was good for an at-large spot.
The Red Raiders were also impressive on the jumps straightaway, assaulting the Tech record books for the triple jump. Jah-Nhai Perinchief, who had not triple jumped since last February, turned in a monster 53’-9.75” (16.40m) on his second jump – a mark that lands him second in the Big 12 behind teammate Odaine Lewis. Lewis must have seen this as a challenge, as on his final jump he went 54’-9.25” (16.69m) to push his Big 12 lead an additional 10 inches. The mark moved him from fourth nationally into a comfortable hold on third.
On the women’s runway, Chinne Okoronkwo landed a 43’-10” (13.36m) to mark the second-longest triple jump in Tech history. The mark counted as a seven-inch PR for the junior, who remains second in the Big 12.
Axel Hubert made his multis debut Friday, competing in the first four events of the men’s heptathlon. The freshman won the long jump and shot put and placed runner-up in the 60m and high jump, garnering 3,205 points in the process. Hubert set personal bests in the 60m (7.11) and shot put (49’-7” (15.11m) and will enter Saturday with a near-400 point lead on the rest of the field.
Tech also had two distance runners race outside of Lubbock. Nokuthula Dlamini ran the 3000m at Washington’s Husky Classic, while Jonah Koech went in the mile. The former PR’d at 9:38.61 to place 22ndin the field. Mid-year transfer Jonah Koech will also run at the Husky Classic, as he will go in the mile Saturday. Koech turned in a 4:07.17 in his first mile of the season to place ninth.
The Texas Tech Shootout will continue Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with the remaining three events of the heptathlon. Standalone track and field events will get underway at 11: 30 a.m. Tickets may be purchased here.