LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech track and field team concluded day one of the Texas Tech Shootout Friday evening. Rosemary Chukwuma broke the women’s 60m record as Demisha Roswell set a new mark in the 60m hurdles.
Meanwhile, Moad Zahafi clocked in a time of 1:46.29 in his first 800m indoor race to sit atop the NCAA leaderboard by the end of the night.
“It was a good night for both the men and women,” said head coach Wes Kittley. “I’m very proud of the 800m group – it’s pretty special to have four guys run that fast. Also, [Chukwuma] was fantastic breaking the school record and so was Demisha. It was a good first day overall!”
In the prelims of the 60m, Chukwuma broke Cierra White’s 2015 record of 7.22 with a mark of 7.21. In the finals, the Nigeria native would run a 7.20 to solidify her evening. With the 0.2 altitude conversion to be added later, as of now, that time is ninth in the NCAA. In the 60m hurdles, Roswell registered a qualifying-best time of 8.07 before breaking the Tech record in the finals, crossing the end line at 8.00. She tied the school record earlier in the year (Red Raider Open, 1/21/2022). Following tonight, it will be tied for sixth in the country.
The men’s 800m saw four Red Raiders post sub 1:50.00 times as they all finished in consecutive order, led by Zahafi in first. The Moroccan clocked in at 1:46.29 in his first 800m indoor race of his career. That time will be dropped lower by the NCAA this week but as of tonight, it stands as the top NCAA, without the conversion. That time moves to second all-time in school history. Marco Vilca (1:48.50), Sven Cepus (1:48.72), and Owen Likins (1:49.24) rounded out the top four.
In the long jump, Ruth Usoro placed first with a leap of 6.55m (21’-6”) as Jalen Seals took first with a mark of 7.65m (25’-1.25”). Usoro’s jump moves to fourth all-time in school history. Another notable finish included Gary Haasbroek in the men’s pole vault as he topped out with a new PR of 5.16m (16’-11”) for first. It’s the third-straight week of competition for Haasbroek in which he sets a new PR.
In the weight throw, Gabe Oladipo placed first for the second time this season in that event with a toss of 21.51m (71’-7”). Meanwhile, Seasons Usual matched her season-best mark of 21.47m (70’-5.25”) to finish second.
The final day of the Texas Tech Shootout concludes tomorrow as the day kicks off at 10 a.m., beginning with the women’s shot put.
Release provided by Chris Duarte Texas Tech Athletics