Osaghae, Polk to Represent Team USA at World Indoors|
March 7, 2014LUBBOCK, Texas - U.S. Champions and former Texas Tech student-athletes Omo Osaghae and Tori Polk will represent Team USA tomorrow at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.
Osaghae, the three-time U.S. Champion in the 60-meter hurdles, will compete in the preliminary round of the event in Saturday's morning session while fellow U.S. Champion Tori Polk will follow in the qualifying section of the women's long jump.
"I'm so proud of both Omo and Tori," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "They will both do an excellent job of representing Texas Tech and the U.S. on the world stage."
Osaghae won his second-straight U.S. Indoor Championship - and third in the last four years - at the Albuquerque Convention Center last month in a thrilling photo-finish of the 60-meter hurdles. The Lubbock native edged out both Dominic Berger and Terrance Trammell by only a few thousandths of a second to win the race with an official time of 7.553.
"I'm expecting Omo to advance to the final round, he is ready to run." Texas Tech associate head coach Dion Miller - who currently trains Osaghae - said. "I'm excited for Omo. This will be his first Team USA competition, and will be a great experience."
With the performance, Osaghae enters the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships with the No. 7 time in the world for the current indoor season.
Meanwhile, Polk enters the IAAF World Championships fresh off a gold medal at the U.S. Championships in Albuquerque where she went a career-best 6.70-meters (21-11.75) on her fifth attempt in the long jump.
Polk finished eighth at the 2013 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow and runner-up at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Des Moines.
She enters the meet No. 7 in the world in the women's long jump for the 2014 indoor season.
Results from the 2014 IAAF World Championships can be found by visiting IAAF.org.