Tech wraps up Wes Kittley invite


ABILENE, Texas – The Texas Tech track team concluded the Wes Kitley Saturday night by invitation at Elmer Gray Stadium, highlighted by Anesa Scott recording a new PR in the 200 at 11:07 p.m. — the NCAA’s No. 1 time currently.

Scott’s best 200 time was 23.64 and her new mark sits atop the NCAA standings ahead of Georgia’s Kenondra Davis (23.23). Omovoh knowledge finished second with a time of 23.46 – tied for third in the NCAA – while Thank you made his college debut finishing fifth at 24.20.

The morning began with the women’s javelin as Maria Sotomayor took third place with a throw of 40.83 (133-11) to kick off Tech. Right after, the men intervened and they were led by Garret Wade with a winning throw of 65.11m (213-07). It was the first time in his career that Wade had passed the 200-foot mark.

There in the feminine disk, Usual seasons led the group to first place as Malin Smith and Kayli Johnson finished third and fourth respectively. The usual throw was recorded at 58.50m (191-11), while Smith came in at 52.62m (172-08) and Johnson at 49.25m (161-07). Gabe Oladipo led the men first with a mark of 56.41m (185-01). Jacob Mechler (53.11, 174-0) finished second and Konner wood (50.47m, 165-07) fifth as the duo made their discus debut.

In the women’s 400, Tech finished 1-2-3, led by Omovoh knowledge with a PR time of 52.45. Nayanna Dubarry-Gay (54.94) placed second in Joanna Archer (55.63) crowned the top 3. Taylor Rooney (14.00) finished second as Kyle Lind (14.26) was behind him in third place in the 110 hurdles.

TTU had another 1-2-3, this time in the women’s pole vault led by Ryleigh Redding (4.00m, 13-1.50). Oliva Cade (4.00m, 13-1.50) PR’d second with Sarah Tackett (3.90m, 12-9.50) completing the top 3.

The quartet of Madeline McElroyScott, Simone Watkins and Kiah Dubarry-Gay etched a 4×100 stint time of 44.65 for first. Courtney Lindsey spearheaded the men’s 100m at 10.26, while K. Dubarry-Gay led the women’s team at 11.59.

Sylvia Schulz took first place in the 400m hurdles with a PR time of 58.56 – third in the country. In the high jump, Alexis Lier took first place (1.67m, 5-5.75) while Grace Cunningham debuted at 1.62m (5-3.75). Malik Metivier – an All-American in the 400 hurdles last season with Auburn – finished first with a time of 49.85 – No. 2 in the NCAA. In the men’s 200m, Daniel Omah clocked a new PR time of 20.96 to place second. Kyle Stifflemire was fifth at 4.90m (16-0.75) in the pole vault.

The 4×400 relays closed the evening highlighted by the tandem of N. Dubarry-Gay, Le-Taija Jackson, Lexye Prize and Michaela Lewis combined for a time of 3:41.09 for first overall.

Texas Tech is back in action next week at the Texas Relays (March 23-26).

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