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Former Tech Athletes Shine at USA Championships

Tori Polk won silver and Omo Osaghae advanced to the finals in the mens' 110-meter hurdles at the USA Championships.


June 23, 2013


A pair of former Texas Tech track and field athletes shined this week at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former Lady Raider Tori Polk finished second overall in the senior section of the women's long jump while former Red Raider hurdler Omo Osaghae advanced to the finals of the men's 110-meter hurdles and finished sixth in the competition.

Polk now qualifies for Team USA, which will compete at the IAAF World Championships this August in Moscow, Russia.

Also competing in Sunday's final day of competition at Drake Stadium, sophomore thrower Kole Weldon finished 16th in the men's shot put with a best throw of 18.68-meters (61-feet 3.50 inches). Weldon finished runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships and third at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

On Saturday, Polk went a career-best 6.80-meters (22'-3.75") on her second attempt of the afternoon to secure a spot in the finals. The mark held on for the final three attempts after she went over 20-feet on two more tries before securing silver. 

Her mark of 6.80m ranks among the Top-15 in the world for the 2013 outdoor season.

Osaghae grabbed the final qualifying spot Saturday in the 110-meter hurdles crossing the finish line in 13.51 seconds (+ 3.6 wind). He then went on to finish fourth in Sunday's semifinals in 13.31 seconds (+  2.6 wind), and sixth in the finals later in the afternoon with a 13.47 seconds (+ 1.4 wind). 

Freshman Nick Rivera also qualified for Team USA in the junior section of the 800-meter run where he won gold on Friday. Rivera will now compete for Team USA in August at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia.



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