Red Raiders wrap up day one of Big 12 indoors
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men lead after day one of the Big 12 Indoor Championships scoring 36 points while the women sit in ninth with 11 points. For the men, 4 of 19 events have been scored, while the women have completed 6 of 19 events.


Overall, the Tech men booked 16 finals lanes for Saturday, six alone in the 60m dash and four in the 60m hurdles.


In his first collegiate 5000m race, Ernest Cheruiyot clocked in a 13:42.08 (No. 4 all-time school history) to become a Big 12 champion, winning by more than four seconds. In the process, he set a new facility record, besting Wesley Kiptoo’s (Iowa State) 2021 time of 13:42.52.


Two other Red Raiders in Jacob Mechler and Zaid Latif ended their night with a top-3 podium finish. Mechler entered the meet never throwing over 22 meters, then went back-to-back on his second and third throws over 22 meters at 22.07m (72-5) and 22.54m (73-11 ½). Mechler took the lead on his final throw of 22.68m (74-5) but Texas’ Jeremiah Nubbe answered back with a throw of 22.79m (74-9 ¼) for the win. Mechler’s sixth toss put him No. 4 all-time in Tech history.


Zaid Latif finished third in the long jump with a leap of 7.66m (25-1 ¾). He was sitting in second most of the night until Texas’ Jathan Belaire passed him on his final attempt with a jump of 7.67m (25-2).


Meanwhile, in the 400m Shaemar Uter took down Gil Roberts’ 2009 school record of 45.71 with a run of 45.59 as he qualified for Saturday’s final with the third-best overall time.


The women’s pole vault saw two scorers in Kashlee Dickinson (sixth) and Mackenzie Hayward (eighth). Dickinson etched a new all-time personal best height of 4.30m (14- 1 ¼), clearing 14 feet for the first time in her young career. Hayward bowed out of the competition at 4.20m (13-9 ¼).



  • Destiny Smith (8.23) and Naomi Krebs (8.34) qualified for the 60m hurdles finals.
  • Oskar Edlund clocked in at 1:08.59 in the 600yd for a finals lane. It moved him to No. 7 all-time in school history.
  • Konner Wood scored 5th in the weight throw at 21.54m (70-8).
  • Anastasia Chepkorir finished 6th in the 5000m with a time of 16:20.32.
  • Miquel Dingle, a true freshman this past season on the Tech football team, qualified for the 60m hurdles finals with a time of 7.83 – his second-straight season doing so.


Texas Tech wraps up the final day of the meet tomorrow beginning with the women’s shot put at 1 p.m.








Release Provided By Chris Duarte Texas Tech Athletics

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