SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The third-ranked Texas Tech men need to do well at the NCAA West Preliminary Round if the Red Raiders want to win a team trophy at next month's NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
The Red Raiders are taking care of business so far.
Four more Tech men clinched spots at the national meet during Friday's second day of the regional at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. Moving on are Duke Kicinski in the discus, Divine Oduduru in the 100 meters, Vincent Crisp in the 800 meters and Norman Grimes in the 400-meter hurdles.
Kicinski threw 183 feet, 9 inches for fourth place in the discus. Oduduru cruised to win his quarterfinal heat of the 100 in a wind-legal 10.33 seconds. Crisp won his quarterfinal round of the 800 in 1 minute, 48.00 seconds, and Grimes ran his 400-hurdles quarterfinal in 49.89 for second place in the race and the fourth best time overall.
Though Crisp advanced in the 800, Tech senior C.J. Jones missed advancing to Eugene by one spot. Jones ran 1:48.73. Both went into the meet ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
At both the West regional in Sacramento and the East regional at South Florida's stadium in Tampa, 48 athletes in each event and 24 relays are trimmed to 12 for the NCAA outdoor. The meets continue through Saturday.
So far, the Tech men have qualified seven to Eugene. Among the Red Raiders' top performers in the stable for Saturday are two-time NCAA champion Trey Culver in the high jump, the tandem of Charles Brown and Odaine Lewis in the triple jump and Werner Bouwer in the javelin. Brown and Lewis already have earned national trips in the long jump.
Three Tech men advanced from first rounds on Friday to quarterfinals on Saturday: Darien Tennon in the 110-meter hurdles (wind-legal 13.99), and Oduduru and Hudson in the 200 with wind-legal times of 20.38 and 20.85. Oduduru's time was the fastest in the field. Hudson came up short in the 100, running a wind-legal 10.57 in the quarterfinals.
Two Tech women advanced to Saturday quarterfinals: Kaylor Harris in the 100-meter hurdles (wind-legal 13.49) and Tiffani Johnson in the 200 meters (wind-legal 23.56).
The Lady Raiders have 20 regional qualifiers. Only three were ranked among the top 12 in the West in their events, however, meaning most were long shots to advance to Eugene. Several missed advancing on Friday.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Kaylee Hinton (13.71), Rose Njoku (13.79) and G'Auna Edwards (14.03) failed to advance from the first round, and in the discus throw Seasons Usual (164-1) and Happiness Okeke (154-9) didn't move on.
Also not advancing were Sara Limp in the 400 meters (53.51), Tiffani Johnson in the 100 (11.51) and Kirsten Johnson in the 400 hurdles (59.15).
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Pepperdine's Luisa Stefani knocked off Texas Tech's Gabriela Talaba 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Friday's round of 16 at the NCAA singles tournament, ending Talaba's college career.
Talaba, a senior from Romania, was a two-time all-American who led the Lady Raiders to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals each of the past two years.