Osaghae Wins Third National Championship|
Former Red Raider All-American Omo Osaghae won his third national championship in the hurdles Sunday.
Feb. 23, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Red Raider All-American Omo Osaghae won his third national championship in four years today at the U.S Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The former Texas Tech standout and Lubbock, Texas native won the thrilling 60-meter hurdles final in a nail-biting photo finish, edging out Dominic Berger and Terrence Trammell.
All three originally finished the race in 7.56 seconds. Officials though determined Osaghae the winner after calculating the finish to the thousandth of a second. Following a closer look, his official time was announced as 7.553. Berger finished in 7.556, and Trammell in 7.559.
"What an exciting race it was," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "I have never seen such a close race between four runners in my life as a coach. Three championships in four years, what a great feat for Omo."
Osaghae entered the race as the reigning champion after winning the 2013 indoor championship - he also won gold in 2011.
The performance capped off a successful showing for former Texas Tech student-athletes at the meet, as former Lady Raider Tori Polk won gold Saturday in the women's long jump after going a career-best 6.70-meters (21-feet 11.75 inches).
Texas Tech has now had five U.S. Champions in the last four years as All-American Gil Roberts won gold in 2012 in the 400-meter dash. He went on to win gold at the IAAF World Championships that year as the anchor of the USA 4x400 relay team.