Chukwuma, Sprints shine at Corky/Crofoot Shootout

LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The Texas Tech track and field program closed out its regular season Saturday, when they hosted the Corky/Crofoot Shootout at the Fuller Track and Field Complex.

Prior to the conclusion of the two-day meet, Texas Tech honored its over 30 seniors for their contributions to the program.

It may have been senior day on Saturday, but on the women’s side of things, it was a sophomore that stole the show, as Nigerian Rosemary Chukwuma set her second school record in just over a month.

Already owning the school mark in the 100m (11.05), Chukwuma etched her name in the Tech record books in the 200m as well, running a blistering time of 22.78. The mark bested the previous school record that was set back on May. 5, 2013 by Cierra White (22.89) at the 2013 Big 12 Championships.

The time of 22.78 is the 10th-fastest time in the NCAA to be recorded this season, and the fifth fastest time in the Big 12 this season.

On their senior day, Courtney Lindsey and Chloe Wall also recorded impressive performances.

Lindsey nearly broke 10.0 in the 100m, while Wall won the pole vault and equaled her career-best mark.

Lindsey recorded a time of 10.05, a new personal-best, while Wall cleared 4.35m or 14.325 feet. Wall had a pair of chances to set her career-mark, but she just couldn’t clear 4.4m.

The Texan now owns two of the six-best marks in school history. Wall’s mark of 4.35m is the second-best score in the Big 12 this season trailing just Olivia Lueking (4.45m) of Oklahoma.

A senior from Rhode Island, Lindsey’s time was the fourth-fastest wind legal time in the country this season and the fifth-fastest time in school history.

Other highlights included Chris Welch breaking 16.20 for the second time this season in the triple jump, and the Red Raiders 4X100 relay team (Myles Webb, Jacolby Shelton, Ashton O’Conner, Lindsey) finishing in 39.12.

The time is the fourth-best in the Big 12 this season, and the second best time by a Tech relay team this season. Terrence Jones, Shelton, O’Conner and Lindsey ran a 38.90 at the UF Tom Jones Memorial. That mark is the second-best time in the Big 12 this season.

Tech’s other personal best on the day came from Sylvia Schultz who won the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.51. That mark would have been the ninth-fastest time in the country heading into the weekend and the second-fastest time in the Big 12 this season.

DIRECTOR OF TRACK & FIELD WES KITTLEY:
“It wasn’t a perfect day by any means, but I think we accomplished what we wanted to. We didn’t have everything go perfectly, but I feel like many people sharpened up before conference. We have our finals coming up next week, so our kids are a little bit stressed, and you could see that today. Now we just need to get everyone rested and get the finals out of the way. I thought our sprints were the highlight for me today. Sylvia ran a good 400 hurdles to set a person-best, but the highlight was definitely the men’s 100 and women’s 200m.”

On hosting the 2022 Big 12 Championships:
“Let’s hope we have the same weather conditions that we had today for the Big 12 meet. We’ll be at home where our kids are very comfortable. I always say hosting the meet gives you about five points to start off, so I hope that’s the way it is for us next weekend. We’ll be comfortable and it’ll be very exciting for us to have a conference meet here. It’s been since 2014 that we’ve hosted, so it’s been a while.

UP NEXT:
Texas Tech will take next week of to focus on finals and recovery before the 2022 Big 12 Championships. Tech and the City of Lubbock will play host the 2022 Championships, May 13-15. This marks the first time since 2013-14 that the Big 12s will be held in Lubbock. That year the Tech men finished first, while the women came in third.

 

 

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Release provided by Chris Duarte  Texas Tech Athletics

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