NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released Monday its opening poll of the season. Texas Tech’s men will begin the season sixth, while the women will start at eighth – their highest week one ranking since 2012.

The USTFCCCA’s weekly poll ranks teams using the Track & Field Rating Index (TFRI), an objective calculation of each team’s times and marks for the season.
Tech’s men have totaled 98.52 points throughout the season to this point. Takieddine Hedeilli’s world-leading and Algerian record 1:45.98 in the 800m at the Corky Classic contributed a team-high 23.63 points to the ranking, though it is Courtney Lindsey who has totaled the most points by an individual with 42.92. Lindsey’s points – which contribute nearly half of the men’s overall points – come from his world-leading 20.45 200m and 6.59 60m from the season opener. Other significant contributions come from Jack Scarborough’s 7′-0.5″ (2.15m) high jump clearance (14.78 points) and Gabe Oladipo’s school-record 72′-9.75″ (22.19m) weight throw mark (14.21 points).

Tech’s women have gained 90.78 points to begin the year. Ruth Usoro’s world-leading and Nigerian record triple jump mark of 46′-10.25″ (14.28m), combined with her 21′-4.25″ (6.51m) long jump PR, contributed over one-third of the points with 39.33. Monae’ Nichols’ world-leading 22′-1.75″ (6.75m) long jump mark from last weekend’s Red Raider Invitational add on another 23.83 points to the total. Sidney Sapp (5.37 points) and Virginia Kerley (4.35 points) came from the high jump and long jump, respectively.

Many of the contributors to the men’s and women’s teams’ points will be back in action with the goal of lifting their squads up higher in the national rankings at this week’s Texas Tech Invitational & Multis. Friday’s meet will begin with the multis at 11 a.m., followed by field events at 3:30 p.m. and running at 5 p.m. Multis will get Saturday’s action started at 10 a.m. before track and field events begin at noon.
The meet will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.