WACO, Texas – Texas Tech powered through cold, wet conditions in Waco to round out the Baylor-hosted Michael Johnson Invitational. Despite the inclement weather and many teams and athletes opting not to compete, the Red Raiders found silver linings in multiple events throughout the day.
Gabe Oladipo won his third discus competition of the year. He marked 185’-11” (56.67m) for the win, out-throwing in-conference competitors from Texas, TCU and Kansas, as well as Texas A&M. Oladipo, who had only thrown over 56 meters three times in his career before coming to Tech, has now done it three times this season.
For the second time in a row, Joanna Archer ran 2:08 in the 800m. After clocking a lifetime-best 2:08.18 at the Texas Relays – her first collegiate outdoor 800m – Archer lowered it by just a hair Saturday. Archer crossed in 2:08.13.
Tech had three men running in the 800m. They were paced by Marco Vilca, who timed 1:48.73 in the fastest heat. It was just seven-hundredths of a second off his collegiate best, which he clocked at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Tech landed two pole vaulters in the top-three of the premier division. Chloe Wall and Ryleigh Redding battled the elements during the coldest portion of the afternoon, vaulting up to 12’-11.75” (3.96m). With a better series, Wall would finish second while her teammate Redding would take bronze.
Sylvia Schulz and Lexye Price ran the 400m hurdles. Schulz, running in her second quarter-hurdle race as a Red Raider, again went 59 seconds in 59.60.
Chelsey Cole turned in her second-best triple jump mark of the season. She placed seventh with a top jump of 41’-4.25” (12.60m).
Texas Tech will make a detour from its typical spring schedule next week, opting to compete at Oklahoma for a rare regular season trip to Norman. The meet, dubbed the John Jacobs Invitational, the meet will take place April 23-24.
Release provided by Jeremy O’Brien Texas Tech Athletics