Gabe Oladipo joined in personal bests by several other Red Raiders on opening day of Texas Tech Invitational.
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Rarely is the most consistent part of a season a weekly school record by the same athlete, but such has been the case in all three meets for Texas Tech’s Gabe Oladipo.
Oladipo entered Friday’s opening day of the Texas Tech Invitational riding two straight weeks of breaking his own school record in the weight throw. This time, in a stacked field of competitors, he eclipsed the mark on his third throw, landing one at 73’-1.25” (22.28m). When Arizona’s Israel Oloyede took the lead on his next throw, Oladipo went even farther, marking a monstrous 73’-7.25” (22.43m) to take the lead, win the event and move himself up to the number-two spot in the NCAA this season.
Oladipo’s school record came on the heels of a strong debut from fellow thrower Seasons Usual. The reigning Big 12 Champion in the weight throw, Usual wasted no time in her first appearance of the season. The senior’s first legal throw of the year marked 67’-5.5” (20.56m) – good for a new career best and the 10th-best distance in school history.
On the runway, Ruth Usoro continued to amaze with a triple jump mark that ranks sixth in the world. She landed a top jump of 46’-2” (14.07m), eight inches shy of her 46’-10.25” (14.28m) from the season opener, which stood as the world lead at the time.
Joining Usoro in jumps success was Jalen Seals. A Baylor transfer who arrived in Lubbock earlier this month, Seals turned in a career-best 52’-4.75” (15.97m) to take the fifth spot in the country this season.
Takieddine Hedeilli continued to prove himself one of the top half-milers in the world Friday. The Algerian graduate student ran 1:47.15 in the 800m, a mark that would be the fastest in the world this year if not for his current world lead run at the season-opening Corky Classic. Hedeilli was followed in the second heat by freshman Owen Likins, who ran a very impressive 1:49.60 in his collegiate debut in the event.
On the straightaway, Courtney Lindsey ran 6.61 for another world top-10 time. The JUCO transfer still sits fourth in the world in the event after the 6.59 he ran at the Corky Classic. He was joined on the women’s side by an impressive Peyton Ricks, who ran her first sub-7.50 race since the 2019 Big 12 Championships. Ricks turned in a 7.45 in the final to slide up to fourth in the Big 12 this season.
Tech had two competing in its first combined events competition of the season: Callie Jones and Fynn Zenker, though only the former would finish the day. Jones journey to a personal best began right away. The Bethune-Cookman transfer began her Tech multis debut with a personal-best 8.67 in the hurdles. She followed up with a near-PR in the high jump, clearing 5’-4.5” (1.64m) before going out attempting 1.25” higher. Jones’ top finish of the day came in the shot put, where she placed fifth with a top throw of 37’-4.5” (11.39m). She nearly PR’d in the long jump as well, jumping 18’-5.75” (5.63m) before turning in a 2:38.02 to end the day. Jones’ work throughout the day carried her to a career-best total of 3,718 points.
Zenker began his first heptathlon with a day-high 789 points coming from a 7.27 60m. He marked 37’-2.25” (11.33m) in the shot put after long jumping 20’-6.25” (6.25m), but pulled out after that with shoulder tightness.
Saturday’s action will begin with field events at noon, with running events starting at 1 p.m. The meet will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
Release provided by Jeremy O’Brien Texas Tech Athletics