Texas Tech Links: Track and Field NCAA Championships; Whitacre Donates $15 million

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The Texas Tech track and field teams will participate in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon starting today. Ed Whitacre donates $15 million to Texas Tech and the idea that the baseball team is going to the College World Series is still sinking in.

Texas Tech Ready for NCAA Championship. The #9 men's and #15 women's track and field teams are participating in the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon starting today. This link has all of your start times and details.  If you are like me, you'll be paying particular attention to runner Kennedy Kithuka who runs the 10,000m today and 5,000m on Friday.

High Jumpers. Texas Tech has two of the best high jumpers in the country in Bradley Adkins and JaCorian Duffield and they are two of the competitors at the above-mentioned NCAA Championships:

"There's a lot of good senior jumpers, and it's going to make for a good meet," said Duffield, a junior from Universal City Randolph. "The ball's in Texas Tech's court for doing big things at nationals. Our goal is one-two anywhere we go. If it takes double PRs (personal records), if takes a little more focus, we want to do that."

Whitacre Donates $15 Millions. Ed Whitacre, former CEO of General Motors and chairman emeritus of AT&T, and his wife Linda have donated $15 million for Graduate Fellowships:

"Texas Tech has always had a special place in my heart," Whitacre said. "Over the years, I've watched this great university grow and make tremendous strides. Linda and I are truly glad to give back to the university that gave so much to us, and want to give a special thanks to Kent Hance for the great job he has done as chancellor. We hope this gift will continue to move Texas Tech forward among the nation's best universities."

Not Done Yet. The Texas Tech baseball still has some miles to go and OF Stephen Smith talked about how the idea of Texas Tech going to the World Series has hit him:

"It sank in last night for me when I sat down on my bed and just thought of the great times, It is just an unreal feeling to go to Omaha," he said. "It is so special, growing up in Lubbock and having all of these fans root for you and know you, send you text messages and send you congratulations. It is just a great feeling."

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