Red Raiders sweep weekly Big 12 awards

By | April 20, 2022
LUBBOCK, Texas – Monae’ Nichols and Moad Zahafi have been named the Big 12’s Female and Male Track Athletes of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. It’s the first time this outdoor season that the Red Raiders receive the honor.

This past weekend at the Mt. Sac Relays, Nichols landed in the sand pit at 6.86m (22-6.25) as she broke her own school record of 6.80m (22-3.75) on her first attempt. Then on her third attempt, she registered a mark of 6.89m (22-7.25) as it was winded-aided (3.1). Nichols’ wind legal mark puts a No. 2 globally as her wind-aided mark is tops in the NCAA.

Zahafi had a record-breaking Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., at the Tom Jones Memorial running in the 800. He recorded splits of 50.94 and 52.76 for a time of 1:43.60, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of the next three placers. It went down as the world-leading time, the No. 3 all-time mark in NCAA history and broke Tech legend Jonathan Johnson’s 2004 time of 1:44.77.

2022 Outdoor Track & Field Women’s Athlete of the Week

March 23 – Caira Pettway, Baylor, Sr. (Sprints/Long Jump)
March 30 – Kennedy Simon, Texas, Sr. (4x400m relay)
Rhasidat Adeleke, Texas, So. (4x400m relay)
Julien Alfred, Texas, Sr. (4x400m relay)
Stacey Ann Williams, Texas, Sr. (4x400m relay)
April 6 – Tyra Gittens, Texas, Gr. (High Jump/Long Jump)
April 13 – Payden Montana, Oklahoma, Jr. (Shot Put)

2022 Outdoor Track & Field Men’s Athlete of the Week

March 23 – Bayley Campbell, Oklahoma, Sr., (Hammer)
March 30 – Vernon Turner, Oklahoma, R-Jr. (High Jump)
April 6 – Ryan Smeeton, Oklahoma State, Sr. (Distance)
April 13 – Jason Gomez, Iowa State, Jr. (Distance)

Up Next
The Red Raiders are back in action this weekend in Waco for the Michael Johnson Invitational taking place Friday-Saturday.

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