Tech Olympian Brings Excitement to Athletic Department - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/13/04

Tech Olympian Brings Excitement to Athletic Department

As Texas Tech athlete Jonathan Johnson crosses the finish line first in Olympic trial race, he's proud to "get his guns up."

Track and Field Assistant Coach Don Hood says he has watched Johnson progress in Abilene as he competed in high school events there. And to watch him now as a track Olympian from Tech, makes watching Johnson that more exciting. "He's the hardest worker that I've ever been around in my life. He races like he trains, which goes hand in hand at that level. When you compete hard you've got a chance to do great things," said Coach Hood.

Now that there is a Texas Tech athlete on the Olympic team, what does this mean for the Track and Field program at Tech?

"It's a power boost! I think its going to be incredible. The people realize that what we're doing here is right and that we're doing things the right way. We're doing it clean, we're doing it legally, and we're doing it with good people. Jonathan is a West Texas boy, so that ought to be attractive to people too," says Hood.

Former Tech Head Track Coach Corky Oglesby tells NewsChannel 11 the Track and Field program has already changed with coach Wes Kittley. He says Kittley has only recruited the best since he was hired five years ago. But Oglesby predicts next year will, hands down, be a sensational recruiting season.

We also need to mention that there is another Olympic hopeful from Tech. Senior Jason Young will compete this Friday in the quarter finals of the discuss throw. Young set a school record when he competed at the midwest regionals last year. So he has high hopes as well.

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