Lubbock, T.X. – Nickevea Wilson took the runway for the first time this outdoor season and dominated the triple jump at the Texas Tech Open on Saturday.
The newcomer recorded the 17th-best mark in the nation in the triple jump, thus far. The jumper posted a leap of 12.72m (41-08.75) finishing first overall at the meet. Her mark also makes her No. 1 in Conference USA in the triple jump.
Distance runner Daniel Tarango might be a freshman but he has proven to be a force on the track at the Texas Tech Open.
The El Paso native stormed past the competition as he ran the 800m for the first time this outdoor season. The freshman clocked in a season-best time of 1:51.58 claiming third place. Tarango’s time secured him the top spot in Conference USA in the event.
The meet showed to be beneficial for a group of El Paso locals, who improved their marks this season.
On the field, Kevin Rincon finished second in the men’s javelin with a toss of 54.62m (179-02). The El Paso native now is ranked eighth in the league after only participating in his second meet in the Orange and Blue.
Highlighting the women’s team is hurdler Samantha Sharper in the 400m hurdles. The senior crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 1:03.63 finishing fifth overall.
Also competing in the women’s triple jump was Jallycia Pearson, who finished second with a jump of 12.19m (40-00.00).
Mariah Bowers represented the Miners in the 800m run and registered a season best of 2:16.85. The senior’s time moved her up to No. 13 in the leagues performance list in the event.
Wrapping up the Texas Tech Open for the women’s side is El Paso native, Lidia Hernandez. The senior was the top finisher in the women’s shot put posting a season-best mark of 12.76m (41-10.50).
The Miners will return home to host their final meet of the season on Saturday, April 13 at Kidd Field.