Bayano Kamani's winning time of 49.30 seconds in the finals of the Texas Relays 400-meter hurdles is the fifth-fastest time in the world this year.
April 10, 2001
WACO, Texas - For the second-consecutive week, Baylor senior Bayano Kamani has been named Big 12 Conference Track and Field Male Co-Athlete of the Week. This week, he shares the honor with hammer thrower Dylan Armstrong of the University of Texas.
Kamani, a native of Houston, Texas, became just the fourth person in the history of the Texas Relays and the first person since 1989 to win the men's 400-meter hurdles in consecutive years. Saturday, he bettered his own national-leading time with a mark of 49.30 seconds in winning the event, that time currently ranks fifth in the world for the year. Kamani won the race by nearly a full second over second-place Michael Smith, also from Baylor.
Later in the day, Kamani joined Zsolt Szeglet, Floyd Thompson and Brandon Couts to win the invitational 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:02.54. Running as the second leg, Kamani turned in the best split time of the four runners at 45.0 seconds.
Kamani has now been honored as Big 12 Track Athlete of the Week a total of four times this year. He earned the weekly accolade once individually and once with the relay team during the indoor season, and now twice individually during the outdoor season.
Armstrong established a new Texas Relays record in the hammer with a throw of 227-4, the fourth-best mark nationally this year and the best in Texas history by more than 40 feet. Angel Patterson of Texas was honored as the Female Athlete of the Week after earning Most Outstanding Female Performer honors at the Texas Relays.