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Tech Sits in Fifth Going into Final Day of NCAA Champs

Jamele Mason running the 4x400M semi-final race
Jamele Mason running the 4x400M semi-final race

June 10, 2011


DES MOINES, Iowa - The Texas Tech Red Raiders track team sit in the thick of the NCAA Outdoor Championship title race being tied for fifth with 24 points going into the final day.

"I am real proud of the 400M hurdles and they way Bryce (Brown) and Jamele (Mason) ran," head coach Wes Kittley said after the race. "Both moved up one spot and got 10 points for the team. Gil (Roberts) ran a fabulous race it was just unfortunate getting called for a lane violation. Overall we just have to keep going and try to have a good day tomorrow."

The hurdle crew started the day off with big points for the Red Raiders. After being delayed an hour due to weather, Bryce Brown and Jamele Mason stepped into the blocks for the 400M hurdles.

Running on a wet track and against the best competition in the NCAA, Brown placed third and Mason finished fifth for a total of 10 points. Brown ran a 49.71 with Mason ran a 50.15. Both earn their second-straight All-America honor.

The Red Raiders were hurt team race wise with the disqualification of Gil Roberts in the 400M. He was ruled to have stepped on the line on the last curve after placing second in the race. He will come back tomorrow to run the 4x400M relay.

The men's 4x400M relay had an early wake-up call for its semi-final heat. Latoy Williams, Shane Brathwaite, Mason and Roberts ran a 3:04.52 to place second in its heat and automatically qualify for Saturday's final.

The women's 4x400M of Candace Jackson, Erica Alexander, Taylor Evans and Kelsey Lloyd ran one of its best times of the season with its 3:33.88. It ended being 12th best but not good enough to advance it to the final.



Tech will have Omo Osaghae (110M hurdles), Bryce Lamb (triple jump), men's 4x400M relay along with Kelly Closse and Ifeatu Okafor in the shot put. Competition starts at 11 a.m. with the women's shot put.

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