Tech Hurdlers Open Outdoors With Fast Start

Jamele Mason and the Texas Tech hurdlers had a dominant performance to open the 2012 outdoor sesaon.

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March 17, 2012

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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).

Markus Henderson placed first in the men's 100 meter dash with a time of 10.46. He was followed by teammates Taheric Brantley (8th 10.74).

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.




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