ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The NCAA Indoor Championships came to a close Saturday evening in front of a bustling Albuquerque Convention Center crowd in New Mexico.
The two full days of competition culminated with junior thrower Kole Weldon and the Lady Raider 4x400 relay competing for Tech in Saturday's finale. Weldon finished 11th in the men's shot put, while the Lady Raiders finished ninth in the final event on the track with a time of 3:35.25.
The Red Raiders finished 30th in the team standings with seven points, while the Lady Raiders failed to get on the scoreboard for the first time since 2006.
The Lady Raider relay, comprised of Christen Rivers, Cierra White, Amoy Blake and Montenae R oye-Speight jumped out to an early lead in the race, but a mistimed exchange on the first hand off proved costly for the reigning All-Americans. The Lady Raiders fell to third in the race, and couldn't make up the difference in the final three legs.
Competing earlier in the shot put ring, Weldon fouled on his first and third attempts while getting off a legal throw of 18.79-meters (61-7.75) on his second attempt of the competition.
Weldon got off his best throw of the day on his first attempt, but couldn't keep his balance and was called for a foot foul. The two-time All-American, entered the NCAA Indoor Championships with a school record and season-best throw of 20.11-meters (65-11.75) which ranked No. 5 nationally for the 2014 indoor season.
He also set the school weight throw record earlier this season with a toss of 19.94-meters (65-5.00) in a runner-up effort at the Big 12 Championships.
The Red Raiders got their seven points of the meet by way of a historic performance in the men's high jump Friday. Junior JaCorian Duffield and sophomore Bradley Adkins tied for fifth place with clearances of 2.20-meters (7-2.50). Adkins and Duffield both cleared the height on their first attempts, and became the first duo to finish in the top-5 of the men's high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships since 1999.
With the performance, Duffield became the first two-time All-American in the high jump in school history as he finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. It marked Adkins' first All-America honor in the event.
Texas Tech will open the 2014 outdoor season next weekend as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders will compete at the UTSA Invitational in San Antonio.