The Wildcats will head to Lubbock this weekend for the second time this season to compete in a Texas Tech meet this season.
Due to NCAA regulations, ACU is required to participate in a certain number of meets. Because of this, the ‘Cats are attending an extra indoor meet, which they participated in last spring season, even though the indoor championships have already taken place.
At this meet last year, Kenzie Walker, sophomore pole vaulter from Abilene, recorded a fifth-place ranking in the ACU record books with a height of 3.85 meters.
Walker has since then scored a personal record of 3.90 meters.
“We are really looking forward to it because it’s really a no-pressure meet,” Walker said. “It allows all of us to do what we enjoy with little pressure.”
Coming off of a successful and eventful conference championship meet, the ‘Cats will have the opportunity to compete in a more relaxed environment this weekend.
Daniel Block, senior distance runner from Saskatchewan, Canada, had a successful performance at the Southland Indoor Conference Championships taking first place in the 800-meter race.
“I think a lot of people will be doing different events than normal just for fun because our indoor season is over,” Block said.
Ending the conference meet with 12 personal records and five rankings recorded in the record books, the Wildcats proved they can handle the Div. I competition.
The last time the Wildcats competed in Lubbock, the team finished with five victories and the ‘Cats have obviously improved since then according to this past meet.
“Coming out of conference was some tough competition with the NCAA’s top vaulter in the nation, Demi Payne,” Walker said. “I’m more familiar with the competition that will be at Tech, so I definitely feel more comfortable there.”
This time around, the ‘Cats will compete against more Div. I schools to test their abilities and prepare themselves for the outdoor season.
“We get a chance to work on our technical form and not have to worry too much about the results,” Walker said.
The one-day meet will begin at 3 p.m. with field events at Texas Tech’s Fuller Track and Field Complex.