The Texas Tech track and field team turns its attention to the outdoor portion of the year traveling down the road to Abilene for the ninth-annual Wes Kittley Invitational.
Kittley ACU File
During Kittley's tenure at ACU (1983-99), he was the head coach of the women's track and field program where he won his first NCAA Division II outdoor title in 1985. He would capture back-to-back NCAA titles in '86-'87 and once again in '88. In 1993, ACU elected to combine both the men and women programs and dubbed him the men's head coach, claiming the NCAA Indoor title that same year.
Overall, Kittley guided his alma mater to a record 29 NCAA Division II national team titles, 16 World Championships qualifiers, 10 Olympic qualifiers, and a trio of US National Champions.
On the Lookout
A few key members of the TTU discus' crew will look to make their debuts Friday afternoon. Malin Smith finished last season taking third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships following a late surge towards the end of the season. She walked away in the final meet of the year throwing a PB mark of 56.78m (186-3). Meanwhile, TCU transfer Devin Roberson returns to his specialty. Roberson captured the Big 12 title last season with a throw of 57.36m (188-2).
Decathlete Joe Keys ramps up his Red Raider season as well. Keys, a transfer from Marquette, is a Big East heptathlon champion and 2021 outdoor Second Team All-American in the decathlon. He enters 2023 with a PB 7,537 points.
The distance running will begin Friday evening as several Red Raiders take part in the 1500 and 5000. Edward Rush's overall PB in the 1500 comes in the outdoor at 3:49.74.
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