July 31,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER – Former UBC Thunderbirds athlete Mike Mason won bronze in the men’s high jump today at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The two-time Olympian from Nanoose Bay, B.C., cleared 2.25 metres on his first attempt at the height. England’s Christopher Baker also jump 2.25m but didn’t make it over the bar until his second try, giving Mason the advantage on the tiebreaker. Fellow Canadian Derek Drouin took home the gold with a best jump over 2.31m.
It is the first Commonwealth Games medal for Mason, a three-time NAIA outdoor champion. He placed seventh at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India.
In the women’s javelin final, Canadian record holder and former T-Bird Liz Gleadle was fifth. The Vancouver native’s best throw of 60.69m came on her final attempt.
Canada’s women’s field hockey squad, featuring five current and former T-Birds in the starting lineup, returned to action on Wednesday, dropping a 6-0 decision to New Zealand, the fourth-ranked country in the world.
The team will face Malaysia in a consolation match at 1:15 p.m. PT, with the winner getting seventh place.