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Carson & Young qualify for U.S. Trials Finals Thursday

Hannah Carson (Source: Texas Tech Athletics) Hannah Carson (Source: Texas Tech Athletics)

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EUGENE, Ore. – Texas Tech track & field advanced two Red Raiders to their respective U.S. Olympic Trials finals on Thursday, July 7, at Hayward Field.

Hannah Carson began the day in the women’s javelin qualifying round, recording the sixth-best mark in the field to advance. She got on the board with a toss of 51.84m/170-1 on her first attempt, putting her in 10th. She would improve with each of her next two throws, moving up to fifth at 55.63m/182-6, then improving by five centimeters to 55.68m/182-8, to end up in sixth.

Carson will look to punch her ticket to the 2016 Olympics when the final begins on Saturday, July 9, at 6 p.m. CDT.

Jason Young and Kole Weldon also competed in the qualifying round of the men’s discus. Throwing in flight one, Young quickly jumped up the leaderboard to fifth after hitting a mark of 53.82m/176-7. He would move up to fourth after releasing a toss that landed at 60.40m/198-2 on his second attempt after the first flight of competition had ended. He would finish the day at fifth overall to advance to Friday’s final.

Weldon hovered around the cutline with his first two throws, which landed at 57.45m/188-6 and 57.37m/188-2, respectively. However, after fouling his third toss, he was passed and fell to 14th to miss out on a qualifying spot.

Along with Young, who will resume competition in the discus final at 5:30 p.m., four other Red Raiders will begin their quest to Rio on Friday, July 8. Omo Osaghae (110H) and Candace Jackson (200m) will run in the first round of their respective events at 5:02 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Bradley Adkins and Trey Culver will also open in the high jump qualifying round at 6 p.m.

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