KITTLEY JOINS DOUBLE-T 104.3 TO PREVIEW BIG 12s

Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley joined Double-T 104.3FM yesterday from Ames Iowa to preview the 2014 Big 12 Indoor Championships. The two-day conference meet begins today at Iowa State.

Kittley’s program is one of just two in the Big 12 to enter the weekend with both its men’s and women’s teams ranked in the top-25 of the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings. The Lady Raiders enter at No. 12, their highest rankings since the 2012 season, while the Red Raiders enter at No. 22.

Listen to the full interview here.

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FROM THE ROAD: WELCOME TO FAYETTEVILLE

Members of the Texas  Tech track and field team arrived in Fayetteville, Ark. around 8 p.m. last night as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders prepare for one of the premier meets of the 2014 indoor season – The Tyson Invitational.

Texas Tech is making its fourth-straight appearance at the Tyson Invitational and has competed at the meet in eight of the last nine indoor seasons. It’s a venue that has been good to the Red Raiders as just last year Bryce Lamb and Kennedy Kithuka captured national titles en route to pushing Tech to a fifth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.

At the 2013 Tyson Invitational, Kennedy Kithuka clocked the nation’s leading time of 13:26.65 in the 5,000-meter run in one of the most memorable races of the season. The senior, who will compete for the Red Raiders during the 2014 outdoor season, received a raucous standing ovation from the Randal-Tyson Track Center crowd after crossing the finish line. 

This weekend, Texas Tech will look for similar standout performances from its crop of athletes who made the trip to Fayetteville. Tech also has athletes set to compete in Lubbock at the Red Raider Open, as well as a handful of throwers and jumpers returning to the Albuquerque Convention Center for the New Mexico Don Kirby Collegiate Elite.

Be sure to check out our full preview of the weekend here from TexasTech.com

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KOLE WELDON FEATURED ON DOUBLE-T 104.3FM

After breaking two school records and jumping into the top-5 nationally in the men’s shot put Texas Tech junior thrower Kole Weldon was featured on the flagship station for Red Raider athletics this weekend. 

Weldon joined ‘The Sunday Sports Blitz’ on Double-T 104.3FM, where he spoke with hosts Cody Stoots and Jeff McGuire about his performance at the New Mexico Classic. 

The Jacksboro, Texas native and 2013 NCAA Indoor Runner Up in the shot put, Weldon broke the school record in the weight throw Friday night before turning around and besting his previous school record in the shot put with a throw of 20.11-meters (65’-11.75”). With the throw he also jumped into the top-20 of the world rankings at No. 19 on the IAAF list. 

You can listen to the interview in its entirety here.

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KITTLEY JOINS TEXASTECH.TV SIGNING DAY SHOW

Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley appeared live this morning on TexasTechTV’s Football Signing Day special inside the Football Training Facility. Kittley joined hosts Robert Giovannetti and Courtney Davis to discuss the Red Raider and Lady Raider midyear signees and those who signed national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Check out the video of coach Kittley’s appearance on the Signing Day Show here.

2014 Signing Day Additions 

Alyssa Weaver 

Jared Mayoral

Todd Mickey

Steven Champlain 

We will announce the signing class in more detail later in the spring semester as it begins to take shape. 

Meanwhile, Texas Tech is preparing to compete in two road meets this weekend at both the University of New Mexico at the New Mexico Classic, and the Boston University Valentine Invitational.

We will bring in-depth coverage of the New Mexico Classic including photos from the road, and a complete recap of the meet.

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NEW RECORD BOARDS INSTALLED AT ATC

The Texas Tech Athletic Training Center, home of the Red Raider and Lady Raider indoor track and field teams, received an exciting new addition yesterday. Two new custom record boards were completed and installed on the upper level of the complex on either side of the main entry doors.

The two boards, complete with full color photos of some of the top athletes in program history, help to tell the story of Texas Tech track and field, while featuring the top performances in each event.

The school records are printed on acrylic glass and lifted away from the wall of the Athletic Training Center. The middle of each the men’s and women’s board features an oversized Double-T in the center of the display.

Come check out the new record boards for yourself as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders host the annual two-day Masked Rider Open this weekend inside the Athletic Training Center.

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FROM THE ROAD: TECH ARRIVES IN COLLEGE STATION

The Texas Tech track and field program arrived in College Station shortly after 3 p.m. today in advance of the Texas A&M Triangular meet set for tomorrow afternoon.

The two teams traveled by way of two Southwest Airlines flights and a short bus trip from Austin to the Texas A&M campus. The buses took the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders directly to the Gilliam Indoor Stadium for a light workout in preparation for competition tomorrow.

Despite bitterly cold temperatures and some winter weather in the area, the forecast for tomorrow’s competition will look much different with highs expected to reach the low 60s. 

The Texas A&M Triangular will feature a scored meet between Texas Tech, LSU and host school Texas A&M. For a complete preview click here.

Competition at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium is scheduled to begin at noon tomorrow. For live updates from the track be sure to follow @TechGameDay and @B_DrownTTU on twitter. A full recap of the meet will be available on TexasTech.com shortly afterwards. 

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JORGE GARCIA TO BE FEATURED BY TEXAS TECH TODAY

Texas Tech senior thrower Jorge Garcia will be featured in an upcoming issue of Texas Tech Today on the official university website.

The publication regular features Texas Tech students, and today met with the Garcia inside the Athletic Training Center. Garcia posed for photographs and interviewed with a reporter for the upcoming story.  

More information on Texas Tech Today can be found here

Garcia earned All-Big 12 honors in the shot put during the 2013 outdoor season.

The Tampico, Mexico native got out to a fast start to his senior season at the Texas Tech Open last week where he recorded a career-best indoor toss of 17.88-meters (58-feet 8.00 inches) to finish third in the competition.

We will post a copy of the story once it’s made available. 

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FIRST MEET IS IN THE BOOKS

Friday Recap   |   Saturday Recap   |   Complete Results

The first meet of the season is in the books, and what an exciting way to start the year it was. Seven Red Raiders and Lady Raiders jumped their way into the top-16 of the national indoor qualifying list, while the Lady Raider 4x400 relay team propelled its way into the top-5 at No. 4 with a strong time of 3:37.8. The squad shaved three seconds of its season-opening time from 2013. 

Meanwhile, one of the oldest school records finally took a tumble as junior JaCorian Duffield capped the first night off by clearing 2.23 (7’-3.75”) in the men’s high jump - and on his first attempt. In fact, Duffield cleared each of his first seven bars on first attempt. 

Yes, it was strong start to the indoor season for both the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders as the two squads now hit the road for their first away meet of the year. 

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The Red Raiders and Lady Raiders now eye a highly-anticipated meet in College Station as Tech will compete in the Texas A&M Triangular alongside Texas A&M and LSU Saturday Jan. 25 at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium. 

Stay tuned to ‘From the Starting Line’ as we will bring an inside look to the meet including photos from the road and the track. 

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Lady Raider junior Cierra White talks to the media after winning the women’s 200-meter dash with a 23.83.

WELCOME!

Welcome to the Texas Tech track and field blog! This blog will provide fans of the Texas Tech track and field team a chance to follow the program in an in-depth fashion as the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders begin competition in a new year. 

The 2014 season is upon us, and as Tech gets set to host its first meet of the season - the Texas Tech Open Jan. 17-18 inside the ATC - we welcome you to follow this page for insight on the team and athletes that you wont find anywhere else. 

We will regularly post photos, blogs posts and more from the road and at meets throughout the season. 

Welcome, and as always - Guns Up!