Texas Tech Wins NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Team Title!

Texas Tech entered the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the odds-on favorite to win the men’s team title according to the Pre-Championships Edition of the National Rating Index.

The Red Raiders proved why at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium on Friday as they captured the first men’s national championship trophy in school history thanks to a resounding group effort.

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Behind a pair of individual national titles from Divine Oduduru in the 100 and 200, another from Eric Kicinski in the discus and points in four other events, Texas Tech pulled away to bring the crown back to Lubbock.

Oduduru, who swept the slate clean in the short sprints, clocked two of the fastest times in collegiate history. The junior from Nigeria went 9.86 in the 100 to become the second fastest performer in collegiate history with the second fastest performance and then went 19.73 in the 200 to break a 20-year-old meet record.

Kicinski provided the stamp on the winning envelope when he captured the discus crown. He sat in third place until his fourth attempt, which sailed 62.53m (205-2) and catapulted him into the lead. Once the event drew to a close, his victory pushed the Red Raiders’ team total to 60 points, a barrier that the Gators wouldn’t be able to surpass.

Florida finished on the podium for the 11th consecutive year. The Gators, who were led by a historic performance by Grant Holloway, polished off their eighth consecutive finish as either the champion or runner-up, a feat that dates back to 2012.

Houston, led by Kahmari Montgomery’s program-first individual title in the 400 and Trumaine Jefferson’s runner-up finish in the long jump, ended up in third place for the second year in a row.

Georgia, last year’s national champion, rounded out the podium in fourth place. The Bulldogs went into the meet ranked No. 13 in the Pre-Championships Edition of the National Rating Index.