The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.12.05

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Cannonball Run. Via Road and Track, three guys just drove across American in 27 hours and 25 minutes, which broke the last record:

After leaving the Red Ball garage on the east side of Manhattan at 12:57 a.m. on November 10, it took Toman, Tabbutt and Chadwick 27 hours and 25 minutes to reach the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, in L.A.’s South Bay. In a car. If number crunching isn’t your thing, allow me to break that down for you. Taking the northern route—I-80 through Nebraska, I-76 down to Denver, I-70 to the middle of Utah and I-15 down into L.A.’s spiderweb of interstates for a total of 2825 miles—Toman and Tabbutt were able to maintain an overall average speed of 103 mph. That’s including stops for fuel, which they managed to keep down to a blindingly fast 22 and a half minutes total. And that’s in a country where the speed limit on interstate highways is usually 70 mph, and never higher than 80 on the roads they were traveling.

Well before they hit the road in Toman’s souped-up all-wheel drive 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan, bristling with electronics, Toman and Tabbutt were already deep into their mission, Chadwick being a recent addition who happened to be a good spotter. For the most part, the run was Toman and Tabbutt’s baby. They were the ones obsessed with beating Bolian’s record, and they spent hundreds of hours planning and preparing, with Toman responsible for getting the car built and kitted out with a custom-fabricated fuel cell and an arsenal of electronic counter-measures and Tabbutt handling logistics and information. They shared driving duties once they hit the road, and recruited Chadwick to man the gyro-stabilized binoculars and keep a sharp lookout for police.

There’s pictures of the vehicle and there as well as a video from the guys about how they did it.

Texas Tech Tennis

Lady Raider Basketball

Lady Raiders 65, Ole Miss 37. That’s 6-0 for your Lady Raiders and they simply dominated all game long. Brittany Brewer had 22 points, 13 boards, and 5 blocks. Chrislyn Carr had 17 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists. Alexis Tucker had 17 points, 15 boards, and 4 assists, while Sydney Goodson had 14 points, 6 boards, and 6 assists on the night. That’s 4 of your 5 starters in double-figures. Houston Baptist is up net on December 15th.

Texas Tech Baseball

JUCO Recruiting Class. Perfect Game’s Brian Sakowski ranks the top JUCO classes for 2021 and Texas Tech has the #1 class:

Brandon Birdsell, rhp, San Jacinto
Miguel Obeso, rhp, Cowley
Braydon Runion, 3b, Walters State
Brandon Petix, lhp, Alvin
Chase Webster, rhp, Chandler-Gilbert
Austin Hendrix, rhp, San Jacinto

There’s a write-up that I’ll make you click on over to read, but I’ve been told by someone in the know (i.e. Keith) that there’s a very good chance that all of these guys make it to campus and they’re all very talented.

Texas Tech Football

Big 12 All-Conference Honors. Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, safety Douglas Coleman, and punter Austin McNamara were named to the first team. Offensive lineman Travis Bruffy and defensive end Eli Howard were named to the second team. Honorable mention was offensive lineman Dawson Deaton, defensive back DaMarcus Fields, linebacker Riko Jeffers, offensive lineman Terence Steele, tight end Donta Thompson, running back SARodorick Thompson, receiver RJ Turner, defensive lineman Broderick Washington, and kicker Trey Wolff. Turner was named offensive newcomer of the year.

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