The Texas Tech men’s team on Monday moved up to No. 1 in the weekly rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the first Tech team in any sport to be ranked No. 1 in 14 years.
The last Tech team to achieve a No. 1 ranking was Lady Raiders basketball in January 2004.
“I’m really proud for our kids on the team and for Texas Tech to be considered one of the best teams in the country,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said. “It is such a razor-thin line for several schools that legitimately have a shot at a national championship. We have to remember that these are just rankings and we have a lot of work to do.”
The Tech men have been ranked in the top five each of the past four weeks.
The Red Raiders have athletes ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I in nine events, including two leading their events: Trey Culver in the high jump (7 feet, 7 3/4 inches) and Divine Oduduru in the 200 meters (altitude-adjusted 20.25 seconds). Charles Brown is ranked No. 2 in the long jump (26-4 1/4) and No. 3 in triple jump (53-5 3/4), and Andrew Hudson is No. 3 in the 200 meters (altitude-adjusted 20.49).
Oduduru is sixth in the 60 meters (altitude-adjusted 6.60), Vincent Crisp sixth in the 800 meters (altitude-adjusted 1:47.70) and the 1,600-meter relay team of Tyreek Mathis, Steven Champlin, C.J. Jones and Oduduru seventh (altitude-adjusted 3:05.62).
No. 10 in NCAA Division I are Champlin in the 400 (altitude-adjusted 46.08) and Brandon Bray in the pole vault (18-0 1/2).
Texas Tech (1-3) will try to snap a three-game losing streak when it visits UT-Arlington (3-1) for a non-conference game at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Tech opened the season over the weekend at the Aggie Classic, beating Boston College and then losing to Houston, host Texas A&M and Houston again. The Red Raiders’ game scheduled Sunday against Boston College was canceled because of cold weather.
UT-Arlington opened at LSU’s Tiger Classic, beating Syracuse, Southern Mississippi and Massachusetts and losing to No. 8 LSU.