Olympics Next Goal For Red Raiders|
June 27, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will be represented at various Olympic Trials over the next week as both current and former Red Raiders will try out for their respective countries' Olympic teams.
Seven-time NCAA title-holder Sally Kipyego will be traveling to her native country of Kenya, where she will be vying for a chance to make the Kenyan squad competing in the 10,000M. Kipyego has a season-best, school and NCAA record time of 31:25.45 in the event.
Sandra Iwunze will travel to Nigeria to compete in the 400M hurdles. She was a 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifier in the event, running a school record and season-best time of 57.14.
In field events, two-time All-American Patience Knight will compete in the shot put as she is headed for the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Ore. She has a season-best throw of 57'-11" and is ranked ninth in the field of competitors.
All-American discus thrower D'Andra Carter is ranked 10th among the U.S. competitors in the women's discus. She has a season best and school record throw of 189'-05".
Former Red Raiders who will also be competing at their respective countries trials are Michael Mathieu (400M) and Andrae Williams (400M) for the Bahamas. Shereefa Lloyd (4x400M) will be competing for a spot on the Jamaican Olympic squad.
Six-time All-American Shawon Harris, who completed his eligibility at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago, will be running in the 110M hurdles. He has a season-best time of 13.52 in the event.
Marlon Odom (110M H) and Jonathan Johnson (800M) will also be headed to Oregon for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Johnson was a 2004 Olympian in the 800M. Volunteer assistant coach LaTosha Wallace will be running the 400M hurdles as she holds a season-best time of 56.35. Jason Young, Texas Tech strength and conditioning coach, will be competing in the discus at the U.S. Trials, and he is currently ranked third among those qualified.
The track and field portion of the Olympics will be held in Beijing, China from Aug. 15th through Aug. 24th.
The U.S. Olympic Trials begin Fri. June 27th, where Carter will be the first Red Raider to compete at the trials in the first round of the women's discus. A schedule and live results can be found at www.usatf.org.