Tech completes day one of Big 12 Championships

AMES, Iowa – The Texas Tech track & field teams completed day one of the Big 12 Championships Friday evening at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center.

The men’s take the lead into the final day collecting 41 points as the women’s team sits in second behind Oklahoma State with 41 points.

Seasons Usual was the first Red Raider to be crowned a champion Friday evening. Her second throw of 21.55m (70’8.50) would stand as the top mark before she fouled her next four attempts. As a result, she became the first Tech female athlete to three-peat in the weight throw and the second Big 12 athlete to accomplish such feat. Staying on the weight throw, later in the evening Gabe Oladipo repeated as champion with a throw of 21.77m (71′-5.25). Jacob Mechler rounded out the top 3, tossing the weight with a new PR of 20.35m (66′-9.25 “).

The morning started with the women’s pentathlon as Aria Tate started the meet placing first in the 60m hurdles with a blazing PR time of 8.48. From there, Tate would go on to place seventh in the long and high jump before finishing 10thth in the shot put and 11th in the 800. Tate claimed sixth overall with 3,871 points, a new personal best.

Meanwhile, in the men’s heptathlon, Gary Haasbroek ended his day in the lead. The Australian claimed first in long jump with a leap of 7.43m (24′-4.50 “), while finishing second in the high jump at 2.02m (6′-7.50”). He placed fourth in the 60m (7.06) and fifth in the shot put with a toss of 12.45m (40′-10.25 “). Haasbroek competes tomorrow in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m. He also went on to place third in the men’s pole vault final with a height of 5.17m (16′-11.50 “). True freshman Colton Naffziger placed fifth at 5.02m (16′-5.50 “).

A pair of Red Raiders punched their tickets into the 60m hurdles finals tomorrow. Vashaun Vascianna finished first with a time of 7.70 as Maliek Kendall was right behind him in second with a season-best mark of 7.79. On the women’s side, Demisha Roswell (8.13) and Simone Watkins (8.35) also punched their tickets into the 60m hurdles finals tomorrow. Roswell claimed first in her heat.

In the 60m run, Rosemary Chukwuma (7.21, first in her heat) and Virginia Kerley (7.35) registered spots in Saturday’s final. On the men’s side, Jacolby Shelton captured first in his heat clocking in a time of 6.62 as Courtney Lindsey (6.71) and Daniel Omah (6.74) join him in tomorrow’s final.

Chloe Wall finished third with a new PR height of 4.37m (14-4.00 “) as moments later, Jalen Seals placed second in the long jump with a leap of 7.73m (25′-4.50 “). Moad Zahafi etched a time of 2: 21.71 in the 1000m, more than enough for a finals spot. Sylvia Schulz (1: 21.46) and Lexye Price (1: 21.47) both qualified for the 600yd finals, while Knowledge Omovoh (53.31) and Ryan Champlin (46.73) race in the 400m finals tomorrow.

In the women’s 200m finals Saturday we’ll see Chukwuma (23.65) and Kiah Dubarry-Gay (23.67). On the men’s side, we’ll see Lindsey (20.85), Shelton (20.93), and Adam Clayton (21.28). Michaela Lewis (2: 08.66) and Marco Vilca (1: 52.62) will represent Tech in the 800m finals.

Ruth Usoro capped off her night winning the long jump title for a third-straight season with a height of 6.59m (21′-7.50 “) which was on her final leap. Right behind her was Monae ‘Nichols as she leaped 6.50m (21′-4 “) for second.

The night ended with the men’s quartet of Zahafi, Sven Cepus, Malik Metivierand Edward Rush clocking in a season-best time of 9: 48.14 in the DMR, placing third.

Day two begins tomorrow morning at 11 am with the men’s heptathlon 60m hurdles.

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