BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas Tech completed competition at the opening day of the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday.
Tech’s men’s team grabbed its lone four points of the day in the long jump courtesy of Charles Brown. The senior had a top jump of 25’-11.5” (7.91m). Brown was sitting in sixth place going into his last jump, but he broke out the aforementioned mark to jump up a spot and grab an extra point towards the standings. It was his second time going over 7.90m this season, and first time since the opening meet of the year. Odaine Lewis slid into the finals with the ninth spot, but topped at 25’-4.75” (7.74m) and missed scoring.
Divine Oduduru carried the Red Raiders on the track, making the finals comfortably in both the 60m and 200m. He ran a 6.60 in the 60 to get place second in his heat and earn an automatic bid. In the 200m, he set a facility record with a 20.34 to go into Saturday as the top seed. Andrew Hudson was running beside Oduduru but missed the finals in both events.
In the pole vault, Drew McMichael topped at 17’-9.75” (5.43m) to place 13th. It is his second straight indoor All-American performance.
The lone Lady Raider in action Friday was Ivy Walker, who in her NCAA Indoor Championships debut long jumped 19’-10.75” (6.06m) to place 12th.
Tech ran well in the 800m, but a tangling of the legs with 100m to go cost the Red Raiders two spots in the final. Coming around the second-to-last bend, Vincent Crisp attempted a pass at teammate Jonah Koech as the two of them pushed to get into the top-three of the heat and earn an automatic bid to the finals. In doing so, the two collided and stumbled, resulting in 13th– and 14th-place finishes.
Axel Hubert was the first Red Raider to begin competition, completing the first four of seven heptathlon events. The reigning Big 12 Champion’s first event was the 60m, in which he ran a 7.22, which left him with 806 points. He improved upon his place in the standings with a half-foot personal best in the long jump. He went for a personal-best 42’-4.25” (7.15m) for 850 points – his highest-scoring event of the day. His lowest event was the shot put, which only brought him 662 points. The freshman topped at 6’-0.75” (1.85m) in the high jump to round out his opening day with 2,988 points.
Hubert will get the final day underway with the 60m hurdles – the first of his remaining three heptathlon events – at 11:45 a.m.