Track and Field Head to Lubbock for Masked Rider Open

CANYON, Texas – The West Texas A&M Buffs and Lady Buffs will travel down to Lubbock, TX to compete at the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open held at the Fuller Track from March 22-23.



This isn’t the first time the Red Raiders and Buffaloes have gone up against each other. WT will travel to the No. 1 ranked indoor men’s and No. 15 ranked indoor women’s Fuller Track for the 2024 outdoor season. The Buffs who finished No. 4 in the nation will see some stiff competition in the men’s 100-meter race going head-to-head with indoor 60m national champion  Terrence Jones and their relay teams. 


For the Buffs, fans can watch sophomores Isaac Botsio, indoor national runner-up in the 60m, and James Dadzie, NJCAA National Runner of the Year, compete against the best in NCAA this weekend. On the Lady Buffs side of the track, fans can watch hometown athlete Kailee Benton in the long and triple jump with veteran jumper Miriam Zanovello. On the track, graduate student Leah Belfield and 100m national finalist DeOndra Green in the 100m. 


LSC Athletes to watch, Corrssia Perry and Florance Uwajeneza will be going up against the best in the 400-meter and distance races. At the Fuller Track fans can watch relays where Perry, Green, Belfield, Botsio and Dadzie will compete as a leg. 


For the throws, Luke Holcombe will be leading the Buffs after a WT top-10 performance at the WT Spring Break Open in the shot put (17.83m) and in the hammer (53.38m). Lady Buff Arrianna Allen could be in discus ring to improve upon her first place throw (44.36) from last weekend. 



The Buffs finished the 2023 outdoor season as national runner-up contenders with the relay teams highlighting the national meet. The Buffs broke a 10-year record set by St. Augustine’s in the men’s 4×100 running the event in 38.7 seconds. The Buffs 4×400 broke the WT school record set in 1979 with their national championship time of 3 minutes, 5.8 seconds. 


The Lady Buffs finished third in the nation with points scored in nine events. The steeplechase was won by graduate student Eleonora Curtabbi while the relays (4x 1 and 4×4) placed in the top-five. 



The Buffs finished as fourth in the nation while the Lady Buffs finished fifth in the nation at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship. Both teams finished better than their predicted finish through the USTFCCCA rankings that had the Buffs at fifth and the Lady Buffs at seventh. 


Multiple awards were earned by the program with 40 WT studrent-athletes earning Lone Star Conference All-Conference. William Amponsah was named Most Outstanding Indoor Men’s Track Athlete; Florance Uwajeneza and Isaac Botsio were named LSC Women’s and Men’s Track Athletes of the year for their National Champion and National Runner-up finishes at the NCAA DII Indoor Championship. 


Director of Track and Field Matt Stewart earned LSC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year as well as South Central Regional Men’s Coach of the Year. Head Cross Country/Distance Coach Zach Daniel earned his first South Central Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year honors. 



WT will head to the invitation only Texas Relays hosted by the University of Texas at Austin at the Mike A. Myers stadium in Austin, Texas from March 27-30. 


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