AZUSA, Calif. – A pack of Texas Tech athletes competed Friday at the annual Bryan Clay Invitational and continued a string of impressive performances on the west coast.
Early in the one-day meet, the No. 16 Lady Raider had a strong showing in the pole vault led by freshman Reece Timmons who finished second overall, clearing a career-best 3.84-meters (12’-7.25”). Timmons cleared the bar on her first attempt before missing on three attempts at 12-11.75. She was followed by teammate Haley Cook in third who also cleared 3.84m to mark her season-best.
Red Raider sophomore Kyle Thompson went on to win the men’s pole vault where he cleared 5.12-meters (16’-9.50”). He was followed by teammate Kyal Meyers in third who also cleared the height, doing so on his third attempt.
Later on the track, junior Cierra White broke the Bryan Clay Invitational meet record in the 100-meter dash finishing second overall with a time of 11.38 seconds. White, the reigning Big 12 Champion in the event, entered the meet with a season-best of 11.30 seconds clocked at the Texas Relays.
White broke the previous record of 11.41 set in 2011 by Briana Glenn.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Le’Tristan Pledger finished second overall and first among collegians crossing the finish line in 13.26 seconds. The 2013 national qualifier remains unbeaten among collegians in the event this season, and will compete in the invitational elite section of the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Meanwhile, former Red Raider and 2014 IAAF Indoor World Champion Omo Osaghae won the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a Cougar Stadium record time of 13.49. He beat out 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton who finished second in 13.54.
In the men’s field events, senior Casey Felton recorded a career-best throw in the shot put finishing fifth overall with a toss of 15.49-meters (50’-10.00”).