Tech Hurdlers Open Outdoors With Fast Start
Jamele Mason and the Texas Tech hurdlers had a dominant performance to open the 2012 outdoor sesaon.
March 17, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - On a windy Saturday afternoon Texas Tech completed action in its first outdoor meet of the 2012 season at the Willie Williams Classic.
Tech had a total of 16 first place finishes over the two-day event at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona.
"I feel like we had a very good beginning to our outdoor season," head coach Wes Kittley said. "We had a lot of first place finishes and I think our kids gained a lot of confidence for the first time out."
The Texas Tech hurdlers opened the outdoor season in a dominating fashion. In two days, the Red Raiders swept the top-three places in the men's 400 meter hurdles on Friday night before Shane Brathwaite continued the impressive performance by capturing a first place finish in the men's 110 meter hurdles on Saturday with a personal best time of 13.68 - just .03 off of the Roy P. Drachman facility record. Meanwhile, junior Katie Grimes finished first in the women's 100 meter hurdles on Saturday with a time of 13.38.
Grimes was followed by senior Precious Nwokey who placed second with a time of 13.65.
"I was very pleased with our hurdle crew," Kittley said. "They are going to be very tough outdoors."
The Lady Raiders also turned in a strong finish in the women's 100 meter dash by grabbing each of the top -six spots. Terra Evans won the event with a time of 11.45. She was followed in order by Candace Jackson (11.51), Cierra White (11.57), Erica Alexander (11.61), Tara Thomas (11.63) and Taylor Evans (11.64).
Senior Devin Bailey grabbed a first-place finish in the women's 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.44.
In the men's 400 meter dash, Isaiah Gill finished first with a time of 47.21. He was followed by teammates Jamele Mason who placed fifth with a time of 48.63 and Nick Green who followed in 17th with a time of 52.45.
Shade Weygandt secured her first win of the 2012 season in the women's pole vault by clearing 13'-7.75". Weygandt did not compete during the indoor season due to an injury. Kyal Meyers, meanwhile, finished second in the men's pole vault by clearing 17'-1.00".
In the men's shot put, Kole Weldon secured a win with a toss of 58'-1.75". Weldon came in second in the discus competition on Friday with a throw of 174'-8.00".
To close out the running events, the Lady Raider 4x400 relay team placed second behind host school Arizona with a time of 3:40.24.
Freshman Avril McGhee ended the meet for Tech with a first place finish in the women's triple jump recording a mark of 41'-3.25".
Texas Tech will return to action next weekend in El Paso at the UTEP Invitational.