CANYON, Texas – Texas Tech track and field athletes set facility records in five events Saturday at the West Texas A&M Classic as the No. 10 Red Raiders and No. 17 Lady Raiders competed at the third-annual meet in Canyon.
The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders set new West Texas A&M Track and Field Complex standards in each the women’s pole vault, and javelin along with the men’s 1,500-meters, pole vault and shot put. The meet marked the final in a string of three consecutive road trips, which included a trip to the 120th Penn Relays this weekend for a crop of Tech athletes.
Highlighting action for the No. 17 Lady Raiders was a trio of first place finishes and facility record performances out of Haley Cook, Reece Timmons and Blake Wood in the pole vault - all three of which cleared 3.87-meters (12’-8.25”). The clearances marked career-bests for both Timmons and Wood while matching Cook’s career-best from the 2013 UTEP Springtime Invitational.
The mark moves the trio into the top-3 on the Big 12 performance list.
Lady Raider sophomore Hannah Carson won the women’s shot put and set the West Texas A&M Track and Field Complex record in the javelin with a toss of 47.49-meters (155’-9”). It marks her second facility record performance of the 2014 outdoor season as she also broke her own Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex record at the Texas Tech Open on April 5 - one week after breaking her own school record in the event at the Texas Relays.
Red Raider sophomore Evans Tuitoek, meanwhile, won the men’s 1,500-meter run Friday night in a facility record and career-best time of 3:49.00.
In what has been a breakout season for the Kenyan native, Tuitoek has won six of his seven races this season with his only loss coming in a second place effort to teammate Kennedy Kithuka in the 1,500-meter run at the Wes Kittley Invitational.
In the men’s field events, Kyle Thompson set a new facility record in the pole vault where he cleared 5.07-meters (16’-7.25”) to win the event. He’s cleared a season-best of 17’-1.50”.
Meanwhile, junior Red Raider All-American Kole Weldon swept the men’s shot put, discus and hammer throw. He won the shot put with a facility record throw of 16.69-meters (54’-9.25”), the discus with a throw of 55.11m (180’-9”) and the hammer with a heave of 56.08 (184’-0”).
Teammate JaCorian Duffield also turned in a strong performance for the Red Raiders winning the men’s high jump with a clearance of 2.20-meters (7’-2.50”). He was followed by teammates Bradley Adkins in second (2.08/6’-9.75”) and Dayton Fisher in third (2.03/6’-8.00”).
Junior Lady Raider Michaela Palu recorded her third win of the season in the women’s high jump clearing 1.72-meters (5’-7.75”). She entered the meet with a season-best of 1.77-meters (5’-9.75”), currently No. 5 in the Big 12.
Freshman JW Smith won the men’s 400-meter hurdles where he crossed the finish line with a career-best time of 52.32 seconds.
Casey Felton, meanwhile, recorded season best throws in both the discus (46.42/152’-3”) and javelin (48.78/160’-0”).
The No. 10 Red Raiders and No. 17 Lady Raiders return home next week when they host the annual Red Raider Open May 3 at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex.