SAN ANTONIO — Texas Tech set a meet record in the women’s 400-meter relay and senior Jocelyn Caro won the 1,500 meters in a personal best time, highlighting the team’s showing Saturday at the outdoor season-opening UT-San Antonio Invitational.
The foursome of I’Shunique Hamilton, Marika Brown, Tiffani Johnson and Sara Limp circled the track in 44.63 seconds in the 400 relay. Caro won the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 31.95 seconds.
The Red Raiders’ highlight of the two-day meet was 18-year-old freshman Werner Bouwer throwing the javelin 236 feet, 9 inches, good for the early season lead in NCAA Division I.
“The women’s four-by-one (relay) ran better than we ran all last year,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said, “so it was a good week. We came down here and trained on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, then had a meet. It was a good time for our team to bond, and the weather was gorgeous.”
Kittley and his staff gave the Red Raiders’ NCAA indoor championship qualifiers and several of their other top athletes a break from competition. The Tech women scored 157 points, second to Purdue, which had 170 1/2. The Tech men scored 132 points, third behind UTSA and Purdue, who had 173 and 168, respectively.
Among the other highlights were personal bests from Happiness Okeke in the women’s discus (162-2) and from Maygen Smith in the women’s 400 meters (55.01).