LUBBOCK, Texas (1/20/06) The young guns of the Mean Green track and field team proved their mettle Friday night against some of the region’s top athletes at the Wes Kittley Invitational.
Freshman DeShayla Spencer earned her first victory in her first meet, taking home gold in the 1,000-meter run. The Wills Point native posted a time of 3:19.28 in the indoor season opener.
Freshman Brandi Stanfield showed her prowess on the track in a second place finish in the 200-meter dash. The USA Today All-American long jumper and triple jumper in high school finished in 25.08, only four-tenths of a second off the school record in her first career meet.
Lauren Wiggins, also a freshman, notched a second place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.15 seconds.
On the men’s side, Temitayo Harriman and Patrick Cotton each had stellar results in the 1,000-meters, both in their first meets. Harriman, a sophomore, finished first in the 1,000 with a time of 2:35.71, while the freshman took fifth in 2:41.78.
But it wasn’t just the freshmen that had success in Lubbock. Juniors Heather Wood and Stacy Orakpo finished back-to-back in the weight throw in fourth and fifth places respectively. Wood, a Georgia transfer, had a throw of 47-04.50 feet, while Orakpo’s toss traveled 47-03.50.
Junior Lee Porter finished third in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:39.57.
The Mean Green will be back in action on Saturday in the second of Texas Tech’s two meets, the Texas Tech Six-Way meet.