Polk Crowned U.S. Long Jump Champion|
Feb. 22, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former Lady Raider standout Tori Polk won gold Saturday in the women's long jump at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Polk, who finished eighth at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, won the competition with a leap of 6.70-meters (21-feet 11.75 inches) on her fifth attempt of the afternoon.
"I'm so proud of her," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "She is just really having a great career late. It's great for Texas Tech, and great for her."
Polk advanced to the finals after going 21-feet 6.75 inches on her second attempt of the competition. She currently holds the Texas Tech indoor school record in the long jump with a mark of 6.57-meters (21'-2.75") set in 2006.
Also Saturday, former Red Raider hurdler Omo Osaghae advanced to the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles after finishing second overall in the preliminaries with a time of 7.63. Osaghae is looking for back-to-back titles in the event after winning gold at the 2013 U.S. Indoor Championships.