Former Tech All-American Jason Young Prepares For Olympics
U.S. Olympian and former Tech athlete Jason Young met with the local media Monday to discuss qualifying for Team USA.
July 9, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - U.S. Olympian and former Texas Tech student-athlete Jason Young met with the local media Monday afternoon inside the Masked Rider Lobby of the Texas Tech Athletics offices.
Young, who was a two-time All-American during his decorated Red Raider career which spanned from 2000-04, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team after finishing third overall in the discus throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. in June.
Young recorded a mark of 62.15 meters (203'-11") to secure the third and final automatic qualifying spot and earn his place on Team USA.
"I'm very excited," Young said. "It's been a very long road to try and get here. More than anything else I am relieved that I am on the team. It's something I have been trying to do for years, and I am just very happy to be representing the U.S.A."
Young became the first Texas Tech product to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team since Jonathan Johnson qualified in the 800-meter run for 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Young is one of four Texas Tech products who have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, including Shane Brathwaite (110-meter hurdles), Jamele Mason (400-meter hurdles) and Sally Kipyego (5,000-meters/10,000-meters).
The qualifying round of the discus throw at the Olympics is scheduled for August 7.