Tech Track Shines at Texas Tech Open
April 2, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The No. 3 Red Raiders and No. 12 Lady Raiders track teams had its best meet of the outdoor season as Jamele Mason set the men's 400M hurdle school record and Mason along with Omo Osaghae moved into the NCAA lead in their respective events.
"It was a pretty fantastic day for our program," head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "We had so many great performances today. I don't know if I have ever been at a meet that we have had so many quality events in one day. It was great to be at home, the kids were excited and we had great weather."
The men's hurdle crew had one of its best days of the season so far. Jamele Mason and Bryce Brown battled each other to the very end in the 400M hurdles. Mason edged out his teammate and set a new school record and personal best with a 49.30. Brown ran a season best of 49.39 to place second. The duo has the two fastest times in the NCAA this season.
Omo Osaghae ran a personal best and the fastest time in the NCAA with a wind-aided 13.29 to win the 110M hurdles. Shane Brathwaite ran his personal best with a wind-aided 13.58 to place second. Mason was the third to run a personal best with his wind-aided 13.65.
The 200M continued the hot streak Tech had to the day. In the women's 200M, Candace Jackson ran a personal best wind-aided 22.89. The time puts her at No. 2 in the NCAA. Teammate Terra Evans also ran a personal best with a wind-aided 23.02. The time puts her at No. 3 in the NCAA.
The women's hurdle crew ran well with a wind at 3.2. Kelsey Lloyd ran a 13.35 to win it while teammate Katie Grimes ran a personal best of 13.43 to finish in second. Jamie Simanek also ran a personal best with a 13.61 for third.
In the women's 100M, Erica Alexander and Tara Thomas ran extremely well. Alexander won with a 11.34 while Thomas finished in second with a 11.50. Gil Roberts placed second in the 100M with a wind-aided 10.33.
Julian Wruck had another good day in the discus. The day before he threw the NCAA lead and today had a mark of over 200 feet again. He won the men's discus with a mark of 202'-00" (61.57M).
In the women's throws Ifeatu Okafor improved on her season-best mark in the shot put. Okafor placed third with a throw of 53'-1" (16.18M). She did the same thing in the discus. She finished second in the discus with a new personal best of 174'-00" (53.05M).
Shade Weygandt cleared 13'-11.25" (4.25M) to win the women's pole vault. Jessie Gibbs was fourth with a 12'-3.50" (3.75M). That keeps Weygandt at No. 4 in the NCAA. Kyal Meyers opened his season in the men's vault by clearing 16'-8.75" (5.10M) placing third.
Silas Kemboi placed third in the 1500M run with a time of 3:53.07.
Nick Tam cleared 6'-8.75" (2.05M) in the men's high jump to place second.
Katherine Preibe ran an 11:32.15 in the 3000M steeplechase for fourth with her teammate Kaci Westervelt in fifth with a 11:59.57.