Mason, Nwokey Break School Records Friday at NCAA Championships
Senior Jamele Mason broke the school record in the 400 meter hurdles as the runner up Friday at the NCAA Championships.
June 8, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Two record-breaking performances highlighted a steamy Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium for Texas Tech in Day 3 of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Both seniors Jamele Mason and Precious Nwokey broke school records - Mason in the 400 meter hurdles and Nwokey in the heptathlon.
Mason, one of the most decorated hurdles in school history, ended his Red Raider career with a personal-best performance in the finals of the 400 meter hurdles. The senior from Houston crossed the line at 48.89 as the runner-up to break the previous school record of 49.04 held by Bryce Brown. Brown set the mark last year at the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla.
"It was the most spectacular race I have ever seen him put together," head coach Wes Kittley said. "It was an unbelievable race. I'm so proud of him. He is a great senior for us and I love seeing him end it as a Red Raider like that."
Nwokey followed by finishing seventh overall in the heptathlon with a school-record 5,734 points.
The Red Raiders ended Friday tied for 12th overall in the team standings with 14 points, while the Lady Raiders enter Saturday tied for 53rd with two points. Texas Tech will have two opportunities to score points tomorrow in the finals of the women's 4x100 relay and the men's 110 meter hurdles.
Nwokey's performance marked the best finish in school history for a heptathlete at the national outdoor meet. Nwokey broke the school record for the third time this season, besting her previous school record of 5,600 points set at the Big 12 Championships earlier this year.
"I just couldn't be prouder of her," Kittley said. "She has run legs on our 4x400 relay all year and has made our team just so much better."
Senior Gil Roberts also ended his highly-decorated Texas Tech career with a third place finish in one of the best 400 meter dash fields in NCAA Championship history. Roberts crossed the line with a time of 44.99.
"Those were just great races," Kittley said of the 400 meter field. "I'm real proud of him. What a great person he has been for us, and still is."
Sophomore Kyal Meyers finished tied for 10th overall in the pole vault in his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Meyers cleared a height 5.30 meters (17'-4.75") before missing on three attempts at 5.40 meters (17'-8.75") which was just 0.25" outside of his personal best entering the meet.
"I'm very proud of Kyal," Kittley said. "He is going to be an 18-foot vaulter very quickly."
Texas Tech will resume competition at the NCAA Championships tomorrow with Shane Brathwaite (110mH) and the Lady Raider 4x100 relay team scheduled to run in the finals.