Brathwaite Captures Gold at NACAC U-23 Championships|
Shane Brathwaite captured gold with a personal-best time at the NACAC U-23 Championships Saturday
July 8, 2012
GUANAJUNTO, Mexico - Texas Tech senior hurdler Shane Brathwaite captured a first place finish Saturday in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean Under-23 Championships. Brathwaite crossed the line with a personal-best time of 13.31 on Day 2 of the three day meet held at the Paralympic Track Stadium.
The time ties for the fifth-best in school history in the event as he edged out Barrett Nugent of the U.S. by .01.
"After finishing third at his country's trials that was a great win for him," Texas Tech sprints coach Dion Miller said. "That's exactly where we need him to be going into the Olympics."
Brathwaite, who represented Barbados at the meet in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, qualified for Saturday's finals after finishing fourth overall in the preliminaries with a time of 13.75.
The 2012 All-American will represent Barbados at the Olympics in August after automatically qualifying with a third place finish at the Barbados Olympic Trials in June.
The decorated Red Raider ended his Texas Tech career in June with a seventh place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines.