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South Plains Olympians fired up for London 2012

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Jason Young after qualifying for the Summer Olympics Jason Young after qualifying for the Summer Olympics
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies start July 27th, and the South Plains will be well represented this year in London.

One reason for the Lubbock area getting worldwide attention is the recent success of Texas Tech's Track & Field program led by head coach Wes Kittley.

"With West Texas or Texas Tech, it's what's great about the United States," Kittley said. "Our Olympians can come from anywhere...that's what I'm so proud of - Olympians can come from right here in Lubbock."

Although Texas Tech athletes such as Gil Roberts, Omo Osaghae, Tori Polk, and Shane Brathwaite didn't get past the Trials, former Red Raider Jason Young did. Young qualified in the discus, with a throw of 203' 11'' - the equivalent of over 67 yards.

Young wasn't the only South Plains resident to qualify in the discus. Idalou native Matt Brown came in third in the Paralympic Trials. The former Wayland Baptist thrower is headed to London with gold on his mind.

"I've got a bigger goal," Brown said. "That's to be with some hardware around my neck and hopefully the [United States] National Anthem playing."

Dakota Earnest of Plains, Tx., is headed across the pond as well. She will compete as an alternate in the Trampoline.

"I can't wait. It's a month away so I have a little time to train," Earnest said. "It's kind of surreal. I can't get over the fact that I'm actually going...it's really a dream come true."

Soon-to-be high school senior Madisyn Cox put Lubbock High on the map, making it to the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter individual medley. The 17-year old placed 66th out of 118 swimmers at the Trials and seventh in her semifinal heat.

No matter what happens in London later this summer, the South Plains are coming away winners.

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