NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Texas Tech Men's Track & Field wins national title
The Texas Tech men's track and field team claimed the national championship Friday in Austin. Every athlete who suited up on the final day contributed points.
Divine Oduduru repeated as a national champion in the 200 meters and also won the 100-meter title with the second-fastest time ever posted at the NCAAs, 9.86 seconds.
According to Tech Athletics, 12 times has someone ran sub-20 seconds in the 200m within an hour of going sub-10 seconds in the 100m. Oduduru holds three of these 12 recorded occurrences.
Oduduru, Keion Sutton, Andrew Hudson and Jacolby Shelton ran 38.25 in the 4x100, another school record, and third place in the finals.
Norman Grimes Jr. placed second in the 400m hurdles. At 48.71 he set a new school record.
Duke Kicinski threw 205'2" in the discus to win the event and score 10 points that clinched the championship. Kicinski won the D-II national championship at West Texas A&M in 2016. Tech Athletics reports the only other person to win a championship at both levels is Tech throws coach Cliff Felkins.
Jonah Koech and Vincent Crisp combined for three points in the 800m. Odaine Lewis scored three points in the triple jump at 54'9.5".
This is the first national championship in program history. Wes Kittley has coached several individual national champions and Olympic medalists. Kittley has led the Tech team since 2000.