If you have been paying any attention to the number one ranked track and field team in the nation, the name Divine Oduduru won’t be lost on you. Coming to Texas Tech via his home in Nigeria, Oduduru stacked the Red Raider team with Olympic level speed. This past weekend he exemplified the Olympian title by taking gold in his 100m and 200m events at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco.
In his 100m event, Oduduru shot out of the blocks and maintained breakneck speed to clock a 9.95s time that was good enough to be fastest in the world for this year and the first Red Raider ever to do so. It also beat his PR by over a tenth of a second. The 200m event was a short 45 minutes later and Oduduru didn’t lose his spark. After the official shot his starter pistol the race was all Divine’s. Despite being pitted against some of the Big 12’s best, he clocked another historic time of 19.76. This sub-twenty 200m race was the second-fastest time ever run by a collegiate athlete, and obviously Texas Tech’s best performance. Coach Kittley remarked that “it was the most impressive thing I’ve seen as a coach.” Oduduru had less to say on his historic and record-breaking performance:
Texas Tech track and field will be back at it this Friday in Lubbock at the Corky/Crofoot Shootout.