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Osaghae, Polk Advance at U.S. Trials

Former Tech greats Omo Osaghae and Tori Polk both advanced Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials.


June 29, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. - Former Texas Tech athletes Omo Osaghae and Tori Polk each advanced out of preliminary heats Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Osagahe advanced to the semifinals of the men's 110-meter hurdles while Polk advanced to the finals of the women's long jump. The finals of the men's 110-meter hurdles are scheduled for Saturday at 8:40 p.m. CT, while the finals of the women's long jump are scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.

"I'm very proud of both of them," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "It's great to see them both preform well today and hopefully they can do the same in the next rounds."

Osaghae, who ran unattached, finished third in his heat and ninth overall to automatically advance with a time of 13.44. Meanwhile, Polk recorded a mark of 6.54 meters (21'-5.50") which was good for ninth overall in the women's long jump.

Senior Gil Roberts also competed Friday at the U.S. trials, however failed to advance out of the 200-meter dash. Roberts, who reached the finals of the men's 400-meter dash, finished 22nd overall with a time of 20.89.

Osaghae left Tech as one of the top sprint hurdlers in school history as he still holds the school record time of 13.23 in the 110-meter hurdles. Osaghae also owns the Texas Tech indoor 55-meter hurdle record mark of 7.17 along with the indoor 60-meter hurdle record of 7.60.

Polk meanwhile holds the second-best women's outdoor long jump mark in school history at 20'-9.50". Polk holds four of the top-five marks in school history in the event.



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