Former Red Raider Jason Young thought his Track & Field career was near its end four years ago, and today is a favorite to qualify for the US Olympic Team in the discus.
"With track & field in general and my sport, the discus, it takes a long time to develop," said Young. "You have to come to the understanding early on that you're going to have some big disappointments."
One of those disappointments came in 2008 when Young was trying to qualify for the Beijing games. An illness a couple weeks before the US Trials prevented him from coming in at full strength, and he failed to reach his goal of going to the Olympics.
In 2009, his throwing numbers continued to suffer, and he says he even contemplated if Track & Field was where he truly belonged any more.
"After 2008 I was sure of it that I was close to my end[in Track & Field]," said the Lubbock resident. "Luckily I kept on hanging in, and I had people that wanted to continue to see me hang in."
Thankfully, several influential people in Young's life, including his wife, told him to keep throwing. And it's paid off. The former Big 12 runner-up reached his peak in 2011, claiming the #1 ranking among discus throwers in the United States.
Now Young has his sights set on an Olympic medal.
"It would be awesome...more people know about me, throwing the discus and my journey, here in West Texas," said the Dallas native. "It would be an awesome thing [to win a medal for West Texas] because there's been a lot of encouragement."
The US Olympic Trails for the discus will be held June 25th & 28th in Eugene, OR.
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