U.S. Olympian Young Finishes 18th in Qualifying Round|
Former Red Raider Jason Young finished 18th overall in the qualifying round of the men's discus at the 2012 Olympics.
Aug. 6, 2012
LONDON - Jason Young's Olympic journey came to a close early Monday morning as the former Red Raider finished 18th in the qualifying round of the men's discus throw.
Young, competing for the United States, finished the opening round of competition with a best throw of 62.18-meters (204'-0"). He recorded the mark on his opening attempt before fouling on his final two throws.
The opening throw was good enough to place Young eighth overall after the first flight of 20 throwers, however he couldn't maintain his spot in the top-12 who advance to Tuesday's final in London.
The 2010 U.S. runner-up finished above fellow U.S. throwers Lance Brooks (21st - 61.17-meters) and Jarred Rome (31st 59.57-meters).
"Jason finished higher than any American, and its such a tough field," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "He had to be at his best today to move on. I am sure he is a bit disappointed, but he had a great year."
Young became the first Red Raider to qualify for Team USA since Jonathan Johnson in 2004 after finishing third at the U.S. trials in June.
During his decorated Red Raider career, Young twice earned All-America honors and was the 2004 NCAA runner-up in the men's discus throw. In 2010, he climbed as high as No. 2 in the world rankings after recording a personal-best mark of 69.90-meters at the Texas Tech Open meet in Lubbock.
Texas Tech qualified seven former track and field athletes for the 2012 London Olympics and has already been well represented as former Lady Raider Sally Kipyego earned a silver medal for Kenya in the women's 10,000-meter run Friday. The nine-time NCAA Champion is scheduled to compete in the semifinals of the women's 5,000-meter run Tuesday at 2:05 p.m.