The Red Raiders break six records on Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Florida – Texas Tech’s track and field record books were rewritten in several events as the team wrapped up trips to California and Florida on Saturday night.

Tom Jones Memorial Invitational – Florida

Records in the swamp began to fall from Gabe Oladipo in the hammer throw. On his second throw, Oladipo broke the 63.05m barrier (2016-10) which had been set since 2015 by Kole Weldon. On his final and sixth throw, Oladipo threw a 63.21m mark (207-4) the finishing touch as he now holds the two highest marks in Tech history and seven overall in the top 10.

Shortly after in the 100 hurdles, Demisha Roswell clocked a time of 12.87 (1.5 wk) in the preliminaries to become the new record holder, beating Alaysha Johnson’s time of 12.92 in 2019.

Meanwhile in the 800, Mouad Zahafi warn the world and the NCAA athletics community. The Moroccan passed the 2022 NCAA 800 indoor champion and 2021 800 runner-up in the NCAA outdoor meet in the final 200 meters. Zahafi broke away from the peloton significantly for a blistering time of 1:43.69, a new personal best. It is the world’s leading and #3 NCAA brand of all time. Only UTEP’s Michael Saruni (1:43.25, 2018) and Donavan Brazier (1:43.55, 2016) ran faster. The brand beat tech legend Jonathan Johnson’s 2004 mark of 1:44.77 at the US Olympic Trials.

At 100m, Rosemary Chukwuma finished with a time of 11.05 (PR) as she broke Cierra White’s 2013 record of 11.09. Saturday night time is sixth in the NCAA and leads the Big 12.

Other notables included Kayli Johnson placing second in the shot put at 17.08m (56-0.5). In the men’s 100m, Terrence Jones, Jr. ran his first collegiate race in the event and finished second with a time of 10.09, which is third in the NCAA.

Also, the 4×400 team of Kiah Dubarry-Gay, Omovoh Knowledge, Anesa Scott and Michaela Lewis clocked 3:31.74 for a season best and the sixth best all-time mark in Tech history. In the men’s 4x100m, Jones Jr., Jacolby Shelton, Ashton O’Conner and Courtney Lindsey combined for a time of 38.90 for the fifth fastest all-time mark in tech history. He ranks sixth in the NCAA.

Mt. Sac Relays – California

The last two records to fall are courtesy of Monae’ Nichols. On her first attempt, Nichols landed in the sandbox at 6.86m (22-6.25) as she broke her own school record of 6.80m (22-3.75) set in Texas Relays earlier this year. Then on her third attempt, she scored a mark of 6.89m (22-7.25) as she was pushed (3.1). The best wind assisted mark of 6.55m (21-6) was achieved by Viershanie Latham in 2017. Nichols’ legal wind mark will put her at world No. 2 as she now owns the No. 2 marks and No. 3. In her flight, Nichols defeated 2021 Olympic finalist Tara Davis.

Other notable finishes included Ruth Usoro and Ruta Lasmane make their outdoor debut in 2022 with the Red Raiders. Usoro was second at 13.84m (45-5) and Lasmane third with a mark of 13.80m (45-3.50). Onaara Obamuwagun had a wind assisted mark (2.2) of 13.54m (44-5.25), placing fifth.

There in the domain of men, Chris Welch fourth at 15.91m (52-2.50) (wind assist, 2.1). Jalen Seals finished ninth, landing 15.05m (49-4.50). Sidney Sapp in the high jump peaked at 1.80m (5-10.75). Meanwhile, Jack Scarborough (2.17m, 7-1.50) and Caleb Wilborn (2.12m, 6-11.50) finished fourth and fifth respectively.


The Red Raiders return next weekend to Waco for the Michael Johnson Invitational.

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