Texas Tech gears up for NCAA outside meet

Courtney Lindsey carries many of the hopes of the Texas Tech men in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships that start Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon. Lindsey will compete in the sprint relay, the 100 meters and the 200 meters.

Two years ago, the Texas Tech men’s track and field team won the athletic department’s first national championship since the Lady Raiders’ basketball team did so in 1993.

A year after the COVID-related cancellation of spring sports, the Red Raiders are back at the NCAA outdoor championships. Defending their title is not in the cards; scoring a few points will be challenge enough.

The Tech men’s chances of doing something magical this week in Eugene, Oregon, vanished over the course of the season with hurdler Norman Grimes, middle-distance man Takieddine Hedeilli, jumper Justin Hall and thrower Gabriel Oladipo not making it this far.

“We didn’t get as many here as we have in the past,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said Tuesday. “It’s been a tough year with injuries, but at least what we brought, I feel really good about and I’m real excited about.”

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