Three through to Eugene, three earn quarterfinals lanes on day two of action in College Station.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas Tech sent three through to Eugene and advanced three through to Saturday’s quarterfinals in the opening day of women’s competition at the NCAA West Preliminary.
Tech picked up its third and fourth NCAA Championships bids – the first two being Kaylee Hinton and Callie Jones, whose heptathlon marks from earlier in the season sent them through to Eugene – in the long jump. Ruth Usoro and Monae’ Nichols will jump for a national title to complete their first seasons as Red Raiders. Usoro landed her top jump at 21’-10.75” (6.67m) – a mark that, with wind of 2.7 m/s, shatters the school’s wind-aided record. Nichols’ top jump came in at 21’-1.5” (6.44m), good for seventh in school history and her third program top-10 mark.
Chinne Okoronkwo secured her return to the national title meet as well. The three-time Big 12 Champion in the pole vault will vault in Eugene for the first time in her career. Okoronkwo was one of eight women to clear 14 feet in the competition, herself marking 14’-0” (4.27m). It ties a season best for the senior and tied her for third in the field.
Chloe Wall was the second-best finisher of three other Tech pole vaulters who qualified for regionals. Wall topped at 13’-4.25” (4.07m). Lubbock native Sarah Tackitt, competing in her first collegiate outdoor season, finished with a top clearance of 12’-10.25” (3.92m). Ryleigh Redding went out at the same height. The Tech foursome made school history making four female vaulters in a regional meet for the first time in school history.
Sara Limp was the Tech qualifier to emerge from the 400m races. Limp’s 52.60 – her second-best time of the year – earned her one of six coveted at-large bids to the quarterfinals. Limp battled for an automatic bid with SMU’s Chika Iwuamadi, but needed to wait on the remaining three heats to see her fate. With a 52-mid time, though, she would be plenty safe and actually came away with the second-best at-large time of the group.
Jadsia Warden paced the remaining three runners, timing 54.53. Amanda Crawford ran 55.09, and Kiara Lester ran 55.84. It would mark the final individual races for the three seniors, wrapping up a decorated Tech career for Warden and successful grad transfer years for Crawford and Lester, who chose to spend their last eligibility in Lubbock contributing to the sprints group.
Lexye Price would earn the first individual NCAA quarterfinal lane of her career in the 400m hurdles. Price ran in the second heat, crossing in 58.80 and two one-hundredths of a second behind UTSA’s Alanah Yukich for an automatic bid.
Freshman Kiah Dubarry-Gay held on to an at-large bid in the 200m. The qualification came on the heels of a massive career best of 23.17. She makes three Red Raiders to earn quarterfinals bids in their first collegiate regional race, and the lone woman to do so.
Senior D’Jenne Egharevba led the 100m group that, while no qualifications came of it, ran solid races. Egharevba clocked an 11.44 in an incredibly fast heat, setting a season best in her final 100m of her career. Freshman Dubarry-Gay ran 11.55, which set a new PR. Peyton Ricksclocked 11.58 – her third-fastest time of a strong outdoor season.
Multis athletes Kaylee Hinton and Callie Jones competed in open events in which they ranked top-48 for the season. Hinton long jumped and ran the 100m hurdles, while Jones got a tune-up in the javelin. Jones was close to qualifying in the open jav, sitting top-12 going into the final throws but wound up 15th.
Virginia Kerley competed in her first NCAA regional on what used to be her home track to mark the end of a strong first season as a Red Raider. She long jumped and marked 19’-10.75” (6.06m).
Joanna Archer’s strong season in the 800m came to an end Thursday. Archer, who strung together three weeks of PRs in the event at one point during the season, timed 2:10.44 and would not advance.
Release provided by Jeremy O’Brien Texas Tech Athletics