Spring Sports

Texas Tech Wins Second Sweep Big 12 Track and Field Championships

Champions yet again.

That’s right, the Texas Tech men’s team won their fourth straight Big 12 title, and second straight sweep of the indoor and outdoor championships. That’s four Big 12 titles for the men’s track and field team as they scored 164 points, the second place Cyclones would score 126.00 points. The women finished 4th overall with 93 points as Texas and Kansas State battled for the title with the Longhorns winning 172 to 156.50.

The Regionals are up next, Sacramento and Jacksonville, with the National Championships in Austin in June.

A-J Media’s Don Williams helped recap the meet:

“I’m just so proud of this group of guys, especially my seniors and those juniors that have been our program for so long,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said. “The legacy they’re leaving for the university and for how they’re building our program is just incredible.”

On the final day of the three-day meet, Tech got victories from Duke Kicinski in the discus (194 feet, 2 inches); Divine Oduduru in the 100 meters (9.9 seconds); Norman Grimes in the 400-meter hurdles (49.11) and Andrew Hudson in the 200 meters (20.39). The 400-meter relay team of Keion Sutton, Oduduru, Hudson and Jacolby Shelton broke the Big 12 meet record with a time of 38.83.

Oduduru’s 9.99 broke the meet record from 2012 and the stadium record from 1976. Grimes’ 49.11 is the fastest in NCAA Division I this season.

For Kittley, it was hard to narrow down the highlights.

“There were so many,” he said. “Once again, Divine running a 9.9. A.J. (Hudson) PRing (setting a personal record) in the 200. Norman Griimes, I thought, was going to break 49 seconds. He got awfully close in a really good race. I love Duke Kicinski. He’s been solid for us all year, and he got him a Big 12 championship.

“I’m happy for those guys. They’ve led us all year long.”

The official site has a terrific recap and there were a ton of titles won by both the men and women, including Divine Oduduru winning the 100m with a time of 9.99, a hand in winning the 4x100m with a time of 38.83, Norman Grimes winning the 400m hurdles, Andrew Hudson winning the 200m with a time of 20.39, Duke Kicinski winning the discus, and Axel Hubert winning the decathlon (shattering school records). For the ladies, Chinne Okoronkwo won the Big 12 title in the pole vault and Zarriea Willis won the high jump. There’s more there at the link, so make sure and check it out.

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