Sophomore Kole Weldon ranks No. 14 nationally in the men's shot put after Saturday's Texas Tech Open.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Just days after the 2013 season-opener, a total of three Texas Tech athletes rank among the top-20 nationally in their respective events.
Senior Katie Grimes (60-meter hurdles) along with sophomores Jacorian Duffield (high jump) and Kole Weldon (shot put) each turned in impressive performances during the Texas Tech Open Saturday to leap into the top of the national indoor rankings. Grimes broke the school record in the women's 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.71 which was later converted to 8.31 to rank No. 11 nationally in the 60-meter hurdles.
Her performance was followed by a personal-best throw of 17.76-meters (58'-3.25") in the men's shot put by Weldon. The mark currently ranks No. 14 nationally. Finally, Duffield concluded the action inside the Athletic Training Center by clearing an indoor personal-best height of 2.18m (7'-1.75") on his first attempt in the high jump. The performance puts him at No. 9 nationally in the event.
Both the Red Raider and Lady Raider 4x400 relay teams also find themselves with some of the top times in the country. The Lady Raider 4x400 relay team, consisting of Christen Rivers, Amoy Blake, Candace Jackson and Cierra White, ranks No. 6 nationally after finishing first overall Saturday with a time of 3:40.76.
After also garnering a first place finish at the Texas Tech Open, the men's 4x400 relay team ranks 13th nationally with a time of 3:13.29. The Red Raider 4x400 relay team consists of Joseph Richards III, Dwayne Extol, Julian Munroe and Kenneth Williams.
The Texas Tech track and field program will return to action this weekend by hosting the Masked Rider Open - a two-day meet set to be held inside the Athletic Training Center on the Tech campus.