Lamb Leaps to Quick Start For Red Raiders
February 3, 2012
Bryce Lamb jumped out to an impressive start this year with a jump of over 26-feet.
by Alexandra Ellis
All eyes were on him, just as he wanted.
It started with him beginning to clap, slowly and loudly. Slowly it began to spread, as more and more people joined in.
Then the Red Raider started to run.
In just his first meet of the season, Bryce Lamb leaped 26' 0.75", a mark that currently ranks second in the nation.
What did he think about his performance?
"It's a good start," he said of the jump on Jan. 20 during the Texas Tech Open. "I know a lot of guys haven't really opened up yet. Just to start my season there is good. Now it's not just a goal to start my season there, but to finish it there as well.
"Every year since my freshman year, my opening has been better than the last, so that's what I look to do," the junior All-American continued. "I look to start off my season better than I did the last, so hopefully I can end the season better than I did the last."
Asked after the meet what he thought of Lamb's impressive showing, head coach Wes Kittley was not surprised in the least bit.
"I thought he could jump 26 feet," Kittley said. "It's just a great start for him. We knew he could jump that, and tonight he showed it,"
Assistant coach Victor Houston agreed.
"He had been working out really well in practices leading up to that meet," Houston said. "We were looking for a pretty good effort from him that weekend, and we got what we were looking for."
Fellow long jumper, senior Dellon Williams was proud of his teammate and acknowledged Lamb's competitive nature, as well as his ability to better those around him.
"We're pretty competitive in the weight room actually," Williams said. "He's a lot stronger than I am, so he pushes me to match him."
Lamb hails from Chandler, Ariz., and is joined by two cousins on the track and field team in seniors Taylor and Terra Evans. Having family members on the team is something he has embraced.
"It's great to have my family with me," he said. "It's a great thing to have them here. It's like a security blanket. I never feel too alone, I can just go to their house and hang out. I enjoy it a lot."
His cousins also give him the support of reaching his goals, which are goals that should surprise no one in the track & field world.
"One of my goals is I would like to make the Olympic team, and that's one of the goals any person in this sport should have," said Lamb. "That's the plateau of our sport."
To reach a goal that big, one has to start small.
"My goals all start from last year," Lamb said. "Last year I had some pretty good marks, but injuries kind of hindered me from getting to where I really wanted to, which was a world championship, and a national championship.
"This year, it's a lot of the same things. I first want to do well not just for myself, but for my team so I can try to get that national championship with my team. That would be a great start. If things like that happen, that would be nice to have a lot of individual champions. I would like to be one of those guys."
Lamb, Williams, the Evans sisters, will take the momentum of the weekend's results and apply them to the preparation of the upcoming weekend's trip to New York City for the New Balance Invitational.
Joining Texas Tech at the meet will be the some of the top schools in the nation, including Arkansas, Florida, Texas, and five other Big 12 Conference schools.
"There are several great programs coming up there," Lamb said. "It's a great way to get prepared for conference and nationals, and knowing that a lot of people that are going to be at this meet are going to be at nationals so we just look to perform well against them and use that to propel us for the rest of the season. We look forward to rising up to the competition."