Texas Tech Wraps Invitational in Robust Vogue


LUBBOCK, Texas – Although a lighter day by way of variety of Pink Raiders competing, Texas Tech’s first two-day meet of the season wrapped Saturday with extra sturdy performances after a stellar Friday night time. 
 
“You may’t duplicate this in observe,” mentioned head coach Wes Kittley. “I used to be actually pleased with those that competed yesterday after which got here again once more in the present day. We received some laborious work in, and for people who did each days it is actually a wonderful pair of exercises. That is the primary factor.”
 
Kayli Johnson continued to impress within the shot put. Saturday, she prolonged her four-inch lead within the Massive 12 by one other 9 inches with a prime throw of 55′-3″ (16.84m). The mark moved her as much as fifth within the nation this season in addition to fifth in program historical past. Johnson has now landed program top-10 and nationwide top-five throws in back-to-back weeks. 
 
“I actually beloved seeing Kayli hit one other private finest within the shot put,” mentioned Kittley. “She has been so constant each week and getting higher. 
 

On the observe, Owen Likins turned in his second straight day of spectacular races. After operating an enormous career-best 1:49.60 800m Friday night, the freshman turned his consideration to the mile. Likins held the lead a lot of the race, misplaced it on the 1200m mark, then took it again in an thrilling last lap for the win. He would cross in 4:10.38, which is able to convert down for altitude into one of many prime occasions within the Massive 12 this season. 
 
“I’ve at all times recognized he was a younger, proficient child from the primary time we recruited him,” mentioned Kittley. “However it was the 800 that stunned me greater than the mile. After operating a 1:49 final night time, he informed me he was going to run a 4:10 mile in the present day and that is precisely what he did. It is such a tricky double to have the ability to try this, and I like seeing him with the boldness to do it the way in which he did.”
 

  
Tech’s males’s relay concluded the meet on a excessive word, claiming the 13th spot within the NCAA this 12 months with a foursome who has but to move the baton to one another. Ryan Champlin arrange within the blocks, protecting tempo with the relays from TCU and Baylor earlier than handing off to Courtney Lindsey. Lindsey ran 46.99 to take the lead for the Pink Raiders; at present sitting on prime of the world within the 200m and fourth within the 60m, Lindsey actually confirmed off the great vary he possesses. Chancellor Stephenson, who rabbited Takideddine Hedeilli’s world quantity two 800m Friday night time, took the baton from Lindsey and ran the quickest cut up of the day at 46.58. Marco Vilca ran the anchor, closing in 47.59 after operating a full 800m final night time. It was the primary relay for the Peruvian center distance specialist who arrived in Lubbock earlier this month. 
 
“It is the primary time we have actually sort of put it collectively,” mentioned Kittley. “Courtney was nice on the second leg, and it was Probability’s first time operating all 12 months. Marco has been right here for 3 weeks. It was enjoyable to compete there and I am so pleased with how they competed. It offers us the chance to see that our 4×4 has received some potential.”
 
Tech’s girls’s relay ran 3:43.02. Lexye Worth opened the race with a 55.54 cut up earlier than passing to Nayanna Dubarry-Homosexual, who ran the staff’s quickest cut up at 54.35 after operating a 200m simply an hour earlier. Le-Taija Jackson (56.90) and Sylvia Schulz (56.25) rounded out the hassle, ending third. 
 

Elsewhere on the observe, Peyton Ricks completed her weekend with a second private finest. After a 7.43 PR within the 60m Friday night, Ricks rotated and ran one of the best indoor 200m of her profession at 23.83. 
 
Within the pole vault, Logan Fraley tied a profession finest with a prime clearance of 16′-6.75″ (5.05m). He went out making an attempt a bar six inches greater at 17′-0.75″. 
 
Tech will take the week off from internet hosting earlier than welcoming one other host of sturdy packages Feb. 12-13 for the Texas Tech Shootout. The meet will probably be streamed dwell on Massive 12 Now on ESPN+. 
 

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