Sophomore Jerrad Mason
July 22, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Two Tigers will represent their home countries on the international stage this week, as sophomore Jerrad Mason (Barbados) and incoming-freshman John Warren (U.S.) take on the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. Events at Historic Hayward Field will kick off on Tuesday and continue through Sunday, with Mason and Warren hitting the track on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Mason will be up first with the men's 400-meter hurdles, a new event for the Barbados-native who has focused on the 400-meters and 800-meters for most of his career. He qualified for the Championships after finishing as runner-up at the Barbados National Championships in June with a final time of 51.91, which puts him at No. 6 on the Mizzou All-Time Top Ten list for the event.
This is not the first international experience for Mason, who is a two-time CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games Champion in the 800-meters (2010, 2011), a two-time CARIFTA Bronze Medalist in the 400-meters (2011) and 800-meters (2009), the 2010 CAC (Central American and Caribbean) Junior Champion in the 800-meters, and a two-time CAC Junior Bronze Medalist in the 400-meters (2010) and 800-meters.
Warren, who will take to the runway on Friday for the men's triple jump, is making his first appearance on the international scene. He is coming off an exciting senior season at Prince George HS in Prince George, Va., highlighted by hitting the leading mark in the nation for high schoolers for the indoor triple jump (51-3), and the third-best mark in the outdoor triple jump (50-8.5). He was the third-place finisher at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor National Championships, and owns five State Championship titles in both the triple and long jump.
He was also the fourth-place finisher at the USATF Junior Championships last month. His personal record (PR) of 51-3 from the indoor season earned him the qualifying mark for this week's Championship, as well as the No. 8 spot on the All-Time list for the high school indoor triple jump.
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