Aug. 11, 2012
Former Tech Athletes Conclude Impressive Olympic ShowingLONDON - Former Lady Raider Shereefa Lloyd's Jamaican 4x400 relay team won bronze Saturday in women's 4x400 relay at the 2012 Olympics.
While Lloyd did not compete as a member of the team in the finals, she helped the Jamaicans to qualify for the finals Friday by running the second leg and finishing fourth overall in the preliminaries. As a member of the relay team, Lloyd will receive a bronze medal and cap off a highly successful showing for six former Texas Tech track and field athletes on the largest stage the sport has to offer.
"What great representation we had," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "A lot of Red Raiders were there and representing us so well in front of the world."
Texas Tech track and field products collected three medals in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On Friday, former Red Raider Michael Mathieu earned the second medal of his Olympic career after winning gold as a member of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team. The Bahamas outlasted the U.S. in the finals of the 4x400 relay Friday to win the gold and hand the U.S. their first loss in the event since 1972.
In her Olympic debut former Lady Raider great Sally Kipyego dazzled on the track as she won silver in the 10,000-meter run before nearly winning a second medal in the 5,000-meter run on Friday. She finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race by just more than half a second.
"Michael and Sally had a fabulous Olympics for us," Kittley said. "I know she [Kipyego] would have loved to have gotten another medal, but I'm just so proud of how well she represented us."
Texas Tech track and field products have now won a total of six medals at the Olympic games since 2008.
Kittley will enter his 14th season as the head track and field coach at Tech next spring after his program brought home 22 All-American honors during both the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons.
Aug. 10, 2012
Mathieu Wins Gold in 4x400 Relay
Mathieu, running the third leg of the relay, helped the Bahamas to outlast the U.S. with a time of 2:56.72 - a national record for the Bahamas. The U.S. finished second to win silver with a time of 2:57.05
"He is just always steady," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "It's just phenomenal. I'm so proud of him. He is a school record and now a gold medalist in the Olympics."
Former Lady Raider Shereefa Lloyd helped the Jamaican women's 4x400 relay team qualify for the finals earlier Friday with a fourth place finish in the preliminaries. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 2:25 p.m.
The gold is the first in school history for a former track and field athlete, and the second for Mathieu as he helped guide the Bahamas to a silver medal in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.
Former Lady Raider Sally Kipyego won silver last week in the women's 10,000-meter run before narrowly medaling again with a fourth place finish in the finals of the 5,000-meter run Friday.
Mathieu and the Bahamas qualified for the finals of the men's 4x400 relay Thursday as the team first in the preliminaries with a time of 2:58.87. He also advanced to the semifinals of the men's 200-meter dash this week before being disqualified for a false-start on Wednesday.
At Tech, Mathieu helped to set the current school record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:01.69 during the 2005 season and was a three-time All-American
Aug. 10, 2012
Kipyego Finishes Fourth in Olympic 5k FinalsLONDON - Former Lady Raider great Sally Kipyego finished fourth in the finals of the women's 5,000-meter run Friday in her final race at the 2012 London Olympics. The Kenyan native crossed the finish line with a time of 15:05.79, just over a second-and-a-half behind gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia.
"It's just been a fabulous performance by her in her first Olympics," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm just incredibly proud of her to get a silver in the 10,000-meter and to finish fourth in the 5,000-meter today."
Kipyego qualified for the finals of the 5,000-meter run after finishing with a time of 15:01.87 Tuesday in the preliminaries at Olympic Stadium. Friday's final came exactly one week after she won silver in the finals of the 10,000-meter run.
With her silver medal performance last week, she became the fourth Texas Tech track and field product to medal in the Olympics since 2008.
During her unprecedented career at Texas Tech which spanned just two-and-a-half years from 2006-09, Kipyego captured nine national titles in track and field and cross country. She ended her athletic career as the most decorated student-athlete in Texas Tech history while earning a nursing degree in the spring of 2009.
Kipyego has been a member of the Oregon Track Club Elite since the fall of 2009.
Aug. 9, 2012
Mathieu Helps Guide Bahamian 4x400 to Top Qualifying TimeLONDON - Former Red Raider Michael Mathieu helped guide the Bahamian 4x400 relay team to the top qualifying time Thursday at the 2012 London Olympics.
Mathieu, running the third leg of the relay, and the Bahamians finished first in their heat and first overall with a season-best time of 2:58.87. The finals of the men's 4x400 relay are scheduled for Friday at 3:20 p.m. (CT).
The three-time All-American at Texas Tech was a member of the 2008 Bahamian 4x400 relay team that won silver at the Beijing Olympics with a time of 2:58.03.
Mathieu advanced to the semifinals of the men's 200-meter dash this week in London before being disqualified for a false-start on Wednesday.
At Tech, Mathieu helped to set the school record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:01.69 during the 2005 season. The record still stands today. Aug. 8, 2012
Mathieu Disqualified From Men's 200-Meter DashLONDON - Former Red Raider Michael Mathieu was disqualified from the semifinal of the men's 200-meter dash Wednesday afternoon at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Mathieu, in lane two, flinched and stuttered forward prior to the sounding of the start gun forcing the disqualification.
According to the International Association of Athletics Federation, which oversees the track and field events at the 2012 Olympics, an athlete is disqualified for a false start only if their hands leave the track or their feet leave the starting blocks prior to the sounding of the start gun.
The rule was modified shortly before the 2012 Olympic Games to allow for more movement.
Mathieu qualified for the semifinals of the 200-meter dash after finishing third in his heat during the first round of competition on Tuesday with a time of 20.62.
During his career at Texas Tech Mathieu earned All-America honors three times and helped to set the school record in the 4x400 relay in 2005.
Mathieu won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team.
Aug. 7, 2012
Kipyego, Mathieu Both Advance Tuesday in LondonLONDON - Former Lady Raider Sally Kipyego finished third in her heat in the women's 5,000-meter run and Michael Mathieu finished third his heat of the men's 200-meter dash Tuesday morning as both advanced at the 2012 London Olympics.
Kipyego crossed the line with a time of 15:01.87 to secure her spot in Friday's final scheduled for 2:05 p.m. (CT). She will be now be seeking her second medal of the 2012 Olympic Games after earning silver in the 10,000-meter run last week.
Mathieu meanwhile finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.62 and will compete in the semifinals scheduled for Wednesday at 2:10 p.m.
Former Red Raider Shane Brathwaite also competed Tuesday morning but faltered in the men's 110-meter hurdles after missing on the opening hurdle and did not finish the race.
Tuesday marked Mathieu's second appearance at the Olympic Games as he earned a silver medal in 2008 as a member of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team alongside former Red Raider Andrae Williams.
Mathieu was a three-time All-American during his Red Raider career which spanned from 2005-06.
Brathwaite entered the Olympics fresh off of his senior campaign at Texas Tech this spring in which he earned first team All-American honors at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. There, he finished seventh overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.93.
Brathwaite recorded a personal-best time of 13.31 shortly after ending his senior campaign at Tech at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Under-23 Championships where he captured gold.
Aug. 6, 2012
U.S. Olympian Young Finishes 18th in Qualifying RoundLONDON - 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.
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.
Former Red Raiders Shane Brathwaite (110mH) and Michael Mathieu (200-meters) are also scheduled to compete Tuesday.
Aug. 5, 2012
Young Set For Olympic DebutMen's Discus Live Stream
LUBBOCK - 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.
Aug. 3, 2012
Kipyego Captures Silver in LondonLONDON -
Kipyego, who won nine NCAA Championships during her unprecedented Texas Tech career, crossed the finish line second with a time of 30:26.37.
"I'm just incredibly proud of Sally and her effort," Texas Tech head cross country coach Jon Murray said. "Her entire history of running was exemplified in what she was able to do today."
Kipyego's silver medal is the fourth medal won by a former Texas Tech athlete at the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In Beijing, Michael Mathieu and Andrae Williams won silver as members of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team while Shereefa Lloyd won bronze as a member of the Jamaican 4x400 relay.
Kipyego, running for her home country of Kenya, took the lead at the 5,000-meter mark after running alongside a two Kenyan teammates during the opening stretch of the race.
She then slipped back into third before making a final push once again and taking the overall lead heading into the final 1,000-meters.
"It was a very brave move," Murray said. "Someone had to be willing to do it, and she stepped up and there and set the pace for the whole group."
In the final lap Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia made a strong push to retake the lead and eventually cross the finish line in first place.
Kipyego, who ended her decorated Texas Tech career in 2009, is scheduled to run in the first round of the women's 5,000 meter on Aug. 7.
Aug 3, 2012
Mason Finishes 24th in First Round of 400-meter HurdlesLONDON - Former Texas Tech hurdler Jamele Mason finished fifth in his heat and 24th overall during the first round of the men's 400-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics Friday morning.
Mason, who ran for Puerto Rico, crossed the line with a time of 49.89 and did not advance to Saturday's semifinals.
The 2012 NCAA Runner-Up and school record holder got out to strong start running in lane seven, but could not keep up with David Greene from Great Britain who pulled away on the final stretch to win the heat with a time of 48.89 which ranked fourth overall among the 50 athlete field.
Mason finished his career as a Red Raider this spring by breaking the school record in his final race at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 48.89. The performance broke the school record.
Seven former Texas Tech athletics qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. Sally Kipyego, who captured a total of nine NCAA Championships during her Lady Raider career, is scheduled to run in the final of the women's 10,000-meter run Friday at 3:15 p.m. (CT).
July 27, 2012
Let The Games BeginA total of seven former Texas Tech track and field athletes are set to compete on the world stage in London as the 2012 Olympic Games begin with tonight's opening ceremonies.
The Red Raider contingent consists of, Shane Brathwaite Sally Kipyego, Shereefa Lloyd, Jamele Mason, Michael Mathieu, Andrae Williams and Jason Young.
Track and field events are set to begin on Aug. 3, and will continue through Aug. 10.
After finishing third in the discus throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, Young became the second male athlete in school history to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. The qualifying round of the men's discus throw is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. (BST).
Meanwhile, former Texas Tech great Sally Kipyego qualified for the Kenyan team in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter run. While at Tech, Kipyego captured a remarkable total of nine NCAA Championships as a distance runner.
Meanwhile, Brathwaite (Barbados) qualified in the 110-meter hurdles, Lloyd (Jamaica) qualified in the 4x40 relay, Mason (Puerto Rico) qualified in the 400-meter hurdles, Mathieu (Bahamas) qualified in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 4x400 relay and Williams (Bahamas) qualified in the 4x40 relay.
Mason will be the first Tech athlete to compete in London as the first round of the men's 400-meter hurdles is scheduled for Aug. 3 at 11:15 a.m. (BST).
July 26, 2012
Catching Up With U.S. Olympian Jason Young
Young is joined by six former Texas Tech athletes at the 2012 Olympics. TexasTech.com caught up with Young Thursday morning to discuss his experience leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games.
Young is scheduled to compete in the qualifying round of the men's discus on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. (BST).
Texas Tech Athletics Communications:
The training camp environment is basically is just wake up, train, eat, sleep and train. That's not something that us American throwers get to take advantage of a lot. I kind of took advantage of that opportunity as much as I could.
Coming in, as long as I'm sharp on those things, I'm going to be good to go. You never know what's going to happen in the meet, but I'm going to be as ready as I possibly can be.
For me, I'm actually having a small competition the day after the ceremonies as well. That is something that I feel that I need - just because it gets you back in the mentality of being prepared for the training and being prepared for the competition versus being in la-la land.
I'm going to go right back into my training and right back into my normal schedule and basically for the next week or so after the ceremonies be really getting everything ready to go so that when the qualifying and finals are here, I'm the most ready that I can possibly be.
July 9, 2012
Jason Young Prepares For 2012 OlympicsYoung Meets With Local Media
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 seven 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). Shereefa Lloyd (4x400 Relay), Andrae Williams (4x400 Relay) and Michael Mathieu (4x400 Relay) also qualified.
The qualifying round of the discus throw at the Olympics is scheduled for August 7.
July 1, 2012
Polk's U.S. Olympic Bid Ends With 9th Place Finish
Former Lady Raider Tori Polk ended her bid at the U.S. Olympic Team Sunday with a ninth-place finish in the finals women's long jump at Hayward Field.
Polk recorded a best mark of 6.54 meters (21'-5.50") on her opening attempt. The mark equaled her best attempt from Friday's preliminaries in which she finished ninth overall to qualify for the finals.
Polk recorded a mark of 6.44m (21'-1.50") on her third attempt after fouling on her second.
The decorated Lady Raider still holds the second-best women's outdoor long jump mark in school history at 20'-9.50". She holds four of the top-five marks in school history in the event.
June 30, 2012
Osaghae Falters in Semifinals
Former Red Raider Omo Osaghae's Olympic dreams came to a close Saturday after he finished 10th overall in the semifinals of the men's 110-meter hurdles.
With the 10th place finish and a time of 13.43 Osaghae failed to advance to the evening's finals.
Osaghae, competing unattached, finished third in his heat and ninth overall yesterday to qualify for the semifinals with a time of 13.44.
The decorated former Red Raider 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.
June 29, 2012
Osaghae, Polk Advance at U.S. TrialsFormer 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.
June 28, 2012
Young Olympic Bound
"I'm very proud for Jason," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "Today is a culmination of many years of hard work. It's just great to see him have success in a dream that he has had for years, and it's another ex-Red Raider competing in the Olympics."
Young is the first Texas Tech product to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team since Jonathan Johnson qualified in the 800-meter run for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
After qualifying for the discus finals with a mark of 61.34m (201'-3") in Monday's preliminaries, Young put on an impressive performance at the historic Hayward Field by improving on each his final two throws to secure his spot on the Olympic Team.
The Dallas native who trains in Lubbock jumped out to a quick start with a toss of 61.50m (201'-9") on his first attempt to leap into second place. Young held onto second until Jarred Rome, also of Nike, recorded a throw of 63.35m (207'-10") on his sixth and final attempt.
However, Young's final attempt was good enough to hold onto third and automatically qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.
Young entered the competition having already hit the Olympic `A' standard of 65-meters during the qualifying period.
Young finished ninth at both the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the discus.
Young left a lasting mark on the Texas Tech throws program during his collegiate career.
The decorated Red Raider was the 2004 NCAA runner-up in the discus and he still holds the mark for the second-longest throw in school history at 206'-5". Meanwhile, Young still holds the school indoor weight throw record of 63'-1" and three of the top-five marks in the outdoor hammer throw.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin July 27 in London.
June 25, 2012
Former Red Raider Jason Young Advances to Discus Final at U.S. Olympic Trials
Former Texas Tech standout Jason Young advanced to the finals of the men's discus throw Monday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Young, competing for Nike, advanced with a qualifying throw of 61.34 meters (201'-3") on his first attempt to finish fourth overall in the competition.
"It was good to see him get it out there because of the rain," Texas Tech Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm really proud of him. Hopefully he can put it together in the finals."
The finals of the men's discus throw are scheduled for Thursday at 8:05 p.m. CT.
Young's second throw went for 60.12 meters (197'-3") while his third throw went for 59.90 meters (196'-6").
Young still holds the mark for the second-longest discus throw in school history at 206'-5" at the Abilene Christian Open in 2004. Meanwhile he still holds the indoor weight throw record at 63'-1". He holds two of the top-five marks in school history in the discus throw along with three of the top-five marks in the outdoor hammer throw.
Young was a two-time All-American and 10-time All-Big 12 selection during his Red Raider career before serving as an assistant strength coach under head strength and conditioning coach Cliff Felkins.
June 23, 2012
Brathwaite Secures Olympic Spot With Third Place Finish at Barbados National Championships
Texas Tech senior hurdler Shane Brathwaite finished third at the Barbados National Championships in the 110 meter hurdles Saturday to officially qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Brathwaite crossed the line with a time of 13.63 and secured his spot on the Barbados Olympic Team with the top-three finish. Brathwaite entered the national championships having already hit the Olympic qualifying mark during the NCAA Outdoor season.
The Texas Tech standout sprint hurdler ended his stellar career earlier this month with a seventh place finish in the 110 meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships to earn first team All-American honors.
Brathwaite finished his senior season with six top-five finishes and two first place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles. He recorded a season-best time of 13.43 in the finals at the Texas Relays in March. The time ranked No. 6 on the final NCAA Division I outdoor performance list.
Brathwaite also earned second team All-American honors as a member of the 4x100 relay team.
June 23, 2012
Kipyego Qualifies in Second Event at the Kenyan Trials
Former Texas Tech standout Sally Kipyego punched a second ticket to the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday as she qualified in her second event at the Kenyan Olympic Trials.
Kipyego finished second overall with a time of 16:09.29.
"This was another outstanding effort by Sally," Texas Tech Cross Country Coach Jon Murray said. "It is quite an honor to be able to represent Kenya in two events at the Olympics. This is a great testimony to Sally's hard work during her running career."
Kipyego is the most decorated student-athlete in Texas Tech history with nine NCAA titles and has already qualified for the Olympics in the 10,000 meter run.
June 23, 2012
Roberts finished 12th overall in the 400 meter dash with a time of 45.68 in the midst of the second consecutive day of steady rainfall at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. The top eight finishers advanced to Sunday's finals.
"He ran a smooth race, but he just couldn't finish today," Texas Tech Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm disappointed for him but it was just one of those days."
The decorated senior ends his Texas Tech career as the school 400 meter record holder with a personal-best time of 44.84 which he recorded in the preliminaries of the NCAA Championships.
Roberts is a six-time All-American and won the U.S. Indoor 400 meter Championships before anchoring the U.S. to a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He owns four of the top five times in school history.
"I have been so proud of him," Kittley said. "Especially for him as a person. He is a special athlete and has helped us build this program."
Roberts is scheduled to compete in the preliminaries of the 200 meters on June 29.
Texas Tech is also represented by former Red Raiders Jason Young (men's discus) and Omo Osaghae (men's 110 meter hurdles) as well as former Lady Raider Tori Polk (women's long jump) at the trials.
The men's discus is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m. CT while the women's long jump and the men's 110 meter hurdles are scheduled for June 29.
June 22, 2012
Roberts automatically advanced out of his heat after finishing third with a time of 45.64 despite heavy rains at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon Campus.
"I'm very pleased," Head Texas Tech Track and Field Coach Wes Kittley said. "He didn't exert a lot of energy and I really couldn't have asked for a better race for the first round. He closed really well and came in third and it just looked easy for him. He was trying to pace himself and I just thought he did a fabulous job of managing his race."
The semifinals of the 400 meter dash are scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.
"I thought he did a good job of just relaxing and getting to that next round," Texas Tech Sprints Coach Dion Miller said. "We got in that top-three, we'll take it and we are moving on to the semifinals now."
Roberts ended his decorated Red Raider career earlier this month with a third place finish in the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Championships to earn first team All-American honors. Roberts is a six-time All-American.
Roberts is joined by three former Texas Tech athletes at the U.S. Olympic Trials as Omo Osaghae (110mH) Jason Young (Discus) and Tori Polk (Long Jump) are also making bids for the U.S. Team.
The men's discus is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m. CT. Meanwhile, the men's 110 meter hurdles and women's long jump preliminaries are scheduled for June 29.
June 21, 2012
Roberts will look to qualify in the 400 meter dash after finishing third in the event at the NCAA Championships and ending his decorated Red Raider career with first team All-American honors earlier this month.
"I'm really hopeful," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I know he is prepared and healthier than he was at the NCAAs so I'm really feeling positive for him. If he will just come in here and run smart races, there is no reason that he cannot be on the U.S. Team. I really have that much confidence in him."
The first round of the 400 meter dash is scheduled for Friday at 5:10 p.m. CT with the top 16 finishers advancing to Saturday's semifinals. Former Red Raiders Omo Osaghae (110 meter hurdles), Jason Young (Discus) and Tori Polk (long jump) are also set to compete in the U.S. Trials this weekend.
Roberts will run in heat four of the first round with the top-three finishers from each heat plus the next four fastest times advancing to the semifinals.
Roberts is the U.S. Indoor 400 Meter Champion after claiming the title with a first place finish at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in February with a time of 45.39. Roberts then anchored the U.S. Indoor 4x400 relay to a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in March.
The Oklahoma City native ran a personal-best and school record mark of 44.84 in the preliminaries of the NCAA Championships before finishing third in the finals.
"It's just great," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm just thrilled for her. What a great ambassador for Texas Tech and a great opportunity that she has to go get a medal. I'm just very excited for her and I'm proud of her because she was such a great student-athlete for us."
Kipyego, a nine-time NCAA Champion during her unprecedented career at Texas Tech, won silver at the IAAF World Championships last year in the 10,000 meter run. She finished with a time of 30:50.4 to become the first Texas Tech athlete to medal at a World Championships or Olympic Games.
Now, she has her sights on a medal in London.
"It's just a great honor for Sally," head cross country coach Jon Murray added. "It's a testimony to all of the hard work that she has put in over the years. To be able to run in one of the top qualifying races in the world and still finish in the top-three shows that she has a bright future ahead of her."
Kipyego still holds six school records for Texas Tech - three indoor and three outdoor - including the 10,000 meter run mark of 31:25.45 which she set on May 4, 2008 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The mark was also an NCAA record.
Texas Tech was represented by three student-athletes at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Michael Mathieu and Andrae Williams represented the Bahamas while Shereefa Lloyd represented Jamaica.
The U.S. Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21- July 1 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.