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Tech Concludes Action at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA – Texas Tech wrapped up competition Saturday at the 120th Penn Relays, the largest annual track and field meet in America, and did so with a handful of strong performances out of both the No. 10 Red Raiders and the No. 17 Lady Raiders throughout the three-day event.
In front of an announced crowd of 49,103 at Franklin Field, three Texas Tech relay teams competed while Cierra White finished third in the finals of the 100-meter dash.
“We thought it was a good meet for us,” Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. “We had the opportunity to compete against some of the top athletes in the country and did so in a fantastic environment. We look forward to returning home now for our final home meet of the regular season after three-straight competitive meets on the road.”
The Penn Relays saw a total of 108,660 fans throughout the meet marking the 11th straight year in which the event has combined for more than 100,000 in attendance.
White, after finishing first overall in Friday’s preliminaries, went on to cross the finish line third in Saturday’s College Championship race with a time of 11.46 seconds. She clocked an 11.48 in Friday’s race.
The performance came shortly after the Red Raider 4x100 relay team opened Saturday’s action at Franklin Field with a fifth place finish in the college division as the squad of Treyvion Johnson, Dwayne Extol, Joseph Richards III and Trevor Mackey crossed the finish line in 40.47.
It marked the second-fastest time of season for the crew as they clocked a season-best of 40.00 at the Wes Kittley Invitational in Abilene on April 12.
Tech went on to close out the three-day meet with both the Red Raider and Lady Raider 4x400 relays competing in finals.
The Lady Raiders, with a crew of Christen Rivers, White, Amoy Blake and Montenae Roye-Speight, finished sixth in the Championships of America race with a time of 3:35.61. The squad, which won Tech’s first-ever Big 12 Indoor Championship in the event in March, qualified for the Championships of America after finishing seventh in Thursday’s preliminaries.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, finished fourth in the college division finals of the men’s 4x400 relay with a time of 3:09.16 – their second-fastest performance of the season. The crew consisted of Joseph Richards III, Dwayne Extol, Tommy Brinn and Alex Foster and finished 11th in Friday’s preliminaries.
Texas Tech, after competing in three-straight meets away from Lubbock, will return to the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex May 3 for the annual Red Raider Open. The meet will serve as the final tune up for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships scheduled for May 16-18 in Lubbock.