Zahafi, distance races highlight final day of TTU Shootout

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech track and field team wrapped up the final day of the Texas Tech Shootout Saturday afternoon, highlighted by Moad Zahafi breaking the school 1000m record that stood since 1987.

 

After an incredible run in the 800m Friday night, Zahafi was back at it again, racing only in the 1000m. The Moroccan etched a time of 2:19.99, taking down Zach Gwandu’s 1987 mark of 2:22.71. Despite the 1000m not being an NCAA event, Zahafi’s time leads his country of Morocco this year and it is second in the world standings.

 

In the men’s 200m, a quartet of Red Raiders finished in the top 10, led by Jacolby Shelton at 20.69. Ashton O’Conner placed fourth (20.94), Adam Clayton fifth (21.07), while Daniel Omah finished ninth (21.17). Shelton, Clayton, and Omah each produced PRs. The men’s mile saw Edward Rush take first overall, smashing his previous PR of 4:14.83 to 4:08.13.

 

In the women’s 600yd, Lexye Price led the pack with a new PR time of 1:20.42 to claim first as Sylvia Schulz was right on her heels to finish second (1:21.54). Meanwhile, in the 200m, Kiah Dubarry-Gay (23.31) and Rosemary Chukwuma finished second and third, respectively. Dubarry-Gay’s time was a new PR. In the circle, Field Gatlin hit a new mark, tossing the shot put 14.85m (48’-8.75”).

 

Chris Welch was the only male from the Tech side to represent the squad in the triple jump as he placed second. His third jump was his best at 15.90m (52’-2”). Ruth Usoro’s lone triple jump of 13.66m (46′-9.75″) was good for second as freshman Brya Brewer placed fourth with a leap of 13.15m (43′-1.75″), a new PR.

 

The women placed four pole vaulters in the top 10 in a field that included the top 3 vaulters in the Big 12 currently. Chloe Wall led the team placing fourth with a height of 4.25m (13’-11.25”) as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor made up the top 3.

 

The women’s 4×400 relay team of Aneesa Scott, Knowledge Omovoh, Dubarry-Gay and Price, turned in a season-best time for a relay team at 3:35.37 to finish second.

 

Texas Tech is back in action next Friday, Feb. 18 to host the Jarvis Scott Open – the final regular-season meet.

 

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Release provided by Chris Duarte Texas Tech Athletics

 

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