Mason Wins 400 Meter Hurdles, Both Relays Advance
Jamele Mason captured a win in the 400 meter hurdles Friday at the Penn Relays.
April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Texas Tech continued its success at the 117th Penn Relays on Friday as senior Jamele Mason captured a first place finish in the men's 400 meter hurdles and both Red Raider relay teams qualified for the Championships of America.
The Red Raider 4x100 relay team qualified with a seventh place finish and a time of 40.40 while the 4x400 relay team placed fifth with a time of 3:10.06 to also qualify. The Championships of America will be held Saturday at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
"I'm very pleased with our performance today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "Jamele [Mason] started the day with a great win and we had two great relays that qualified for the Championships of America tomorrow."
Mason opened the day for Texas Tech by capturing the win in the 400 meter hurdles early Friday morning. Running in a tough wind with the temperatures in the mid-40s, Mason finished with a time of 50.72. The win marked his fourth in as many 400 meter hurdle races this season.
"He just ran a great race," Kittley said. "I'm very proud of him."
Mason, who entered the Penn Relays ranked No. 2 in the country in the event, edged out Jermaine Lower of Pittsburg in the second heat. Lower placed second overall with a time of 51.36. Mason later helped the 4x400 relay team qualify for the Championships of America.
Precious Nwokey finished eighth in the women's 100 meter hurdles to also qualify for the Saturday finals with a time 13.59. It marked her second best time of the season.
Meanwhile, freshman Avril McGhee earned a fifth place finish in the triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 12.36 meters (40'-6.75").
Texas Tech will resume action at the Penn Relays tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. with the men's triple jump.