Polk Advances to IAAF World Championships Final|
Aug. 10, 2013
MOSCOW - Former Lady Raider Tori Polk finished third in the qualifying round of the women's long jump Saturday at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. With the performance, she finished first among U.S. athletes and automatically qualifies for Sunday's finals.
Polk was one of three Team USA athletes to qualify for the finals of the women's long jump scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. (CST). Shara Proctor of Great Britain won the competition with a mark of 6.85-meters (22-feet 5.75 inches). A total of 12 athletes advanced from the qualifying round of 31.
"I am so excited for Tori making the finals today," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "She was very cool under pressure and just did what she needed to do to get to the next round. She looks better than I've ever seen her."
Polk went 6.75-meters 22' 1.75" on her second attempt of the afternoon to hit the automatic qualifying mark. She opened the competition with a leap of 6.62-meters (21'-8.75").
The Hewitt, Texas native has had a stellar 2013 season as she hit a personal-best mark of 6.80-meters (22'-3.75") in July at the U.S. Track and Field Championships to finish second overall and qualify for the World Championships.
The former Lady Raider holds the current Texas Tech indoor school record in the long jump and was a 2005 All-American in the event.