Kittley’s program set for loaded home schedule

LUBBOCK, Texas – It’ll truly be home sweet home for Texas Tech in 2022, especially with the indoor season that kicks off next weekend (Jan. 14-15) at the Sports Performance Center.

The Red Raiders indoor season features five regular season meets, starting with the Corky Classic for the fifth consecutive year. The meet honors longtime Tech coach, administrator and ambassador, Corky Oglesby, who was at the helm of the Red Raiders’ program from 1975-1995. The following weekend, Tech returns to action to host the Red Raider Open (Jan. 21), before wrapping up the month with the Texas Tech Open and Multis meet (Jan. 28-29).

“I’ve been looking forward to starting our indoor season for a long time now,” said head track and field coach Wes Kittley. “I’m looking forward to seeing how both teams can mesh with new freshmen, veterans, and transfers. Both men’s and women’s team have a mixture I believe can help us have tremendous season. We have the capabilities and talent to do some great things this year. It all depends on how much these kids can come together and create that championship culture that we’ve had here over the past years.”

Tech opens February heading to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic (Feb. 4-5) and come back to Lubbock for the Texas Tech Shootout (Feb. 11-12). The final indoor home meet of the season will be the Jarvis Scott Open (Feb. 18). Scott coached the Texas Tech women’s track and field and cross country programs from 1979-91. At the 1968 Olympic games, Scott became the first American woman to qualify in both the 400 and 800 events.

The Big 12 Indoor Championships (Feb. 25-26) will be hosted by Iowa State, all culminating with the NCAA Indoor Championships being held in Birmingham, Ala. (Mar. 11-12).

The outdoor portion of the season will see the Red Raiders compete in back-to-back away meets, starting with the Wes Kittley Invite (Mar. 18-19) hosted by Abilene Christian. The following week, Tech heads down to the state capital for the Texas Relays (Mar. 23-26), before coming back home for the Masked Rider Open (Apr. 1-2.).

“We have a really talented group both indoors and possibly a better outdoors group,” added Kittley. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to see how these kids mature and progress – I can’t wait!”

TTU remains on the road for the next three weeks, traveling to Canyon, Texas for the West Texas A&M Invite (Apr. 8-9), Walnut, Calif., for the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays and end the three-week road swing at Baylor in the Michael Johnson Invite. The final two days of the month will be at home as Tech hosts the Corky/Crofoot Shootout (Apr. 29-30).

For the first time since 2014, the Big 12 Outdoor Championships (May 13-15) come to Lubbock to cap off the remaining portion of May before those who will participate in the NCAA West Regionals. The postseason ends in Eugene, Ore., at Historic Hayward Field where the NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held for a second-straight year.

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Chris Duarte

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