Young Set For Olympic Debut
Jason Young is set to compete for the United States in the men's discus throw Monday morning at the 2012 Olympics
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Aug. 5, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech student-athlete Jason Young is set to make his Olympic debut early Monday morning when he competes for the United States in the men's discus throw in London.
Young, who was a two-time All-American and the 2004 NCAA runner-up, will compete at 4 a.m. (CT) in the qualifying round.
"You never know what's going to happen in the meet," Young said shortly after arriving in London. "But I'm going to be as ready as I possibly can be."
After finishing third at the U.S. Olympic trials in June, Young became the first Texas Tech product to qualify for the U.S. team since Jonathan Johnson qualified in the 800-meter run in 2004. He qualified with a toss of 62.15 meters (203'-11").
Young, who trains in Lubbock, was ranked No. 2 in the world in 2010 after recording a personal-best throw of 69.90-meter (229'-4") at the Texas Tech Open meet. He will enter Monday's qualifying round with a season-best mark of 65.28-meters (214'-2").
Texas Tech has already been well represented at the 2012 London Olympics as former Lady Raider Sally Kipyego earned a silver medal in the women's 10,000-meter run Friday with a personal-best time of 30:26.37.
Young is among seven former Texas Tech student athletes who qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games.