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Texas Tech Men Earn First Outdoor National Team Title
June 07, 2019

Austin, Texas - Texas Tech’s Men’s Track & Field program won the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Team Championship. The Red Raiders were led by a Divine Oduduru double (100m & 200m) and Eric Kicinski's discus individual titles.

This marks the first title for the Red Raiders and the fourth for a Big 12 program. The 60 points scored by TTU are the most by a Big 12 program at the NCAA outdoor championship.

TTU’s Oduduru captured his first NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship 100-meter dash title with a collegiate and world leading time of 9.86. The junior wasn’t done yet as he later defended his 200-meter title with an NCAA outdoor championship meet record time of 19.73.

Bryce Hoppel of Kansas capped off his undefeated 2019 season with an 800-meter outdoor individual title to go along with his indoor 800-meter title. His time of 1:44.41 was a personal-best.

TCU’s Chengetayi Mapaya registered a personal-best triple jump of 56-2.5/17.13m for his first NCAA Outdoor individual title. This marks the first triple jump title for a Big 12 student-athlete in 10 years.

To close out the night and clinch the title for the Red Raiders, Kicinski threw for 205-2/62.53m in the men’s discus competition. The senior won his first individual national title and Texas Tech’s second in the event. Kicinski also marks the third Big 12 student-athlete to win gold in the discus.

K-State’s Tejaswin Shankar (High Jump), Oklahoma State’s Ryan Smeeton (3000m Steeplechase) and Norman Grimes of TTU (400mH) earned second-place finishes in their respective races and events, as well as First Team All-American honors.

On the women’s side, Texas’ Ashtin Zamzow holds steady at the No. 2 spot through four events completed in the heptathlon. The final three events are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT with the long jump, while the remaining women’s field and track events are set to start at 5 p.m. CT and 5:32 p.m. CT, respectively.

A full schedule and list of results can be found here.


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