Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru is going pro. He's foregoing his final year of eligibility at TTU after leading the team to its first national title. The record-breaking sprinter's decision came with help from the coaching staff.
"They told me it was time to go and that I had already done everything that I needed to do for Texas Tech," Oduduru said.
Tech sprints coach Calvin Robinson recruited Oduduru and fully supports his decision to go pro. He said Oduduru's work ethic sets a great example for the rest of the team.
"He doesn't put limits on himself and we don't put limits on him," Robinson said.
"Without a doubt, he is the greatest 100-200 runner of all time in the NCAA," Texas Tech Track and Field head coach Wes Kittley said.
Oduduru is likely to make hundreds of thousands of dollars by joining a professional club combined with endorsement deals, but that isn't his focus.
"When I focus on what I need to do, I know the money will come," he said. "I need to focus more on my training and how I am going to get better. I am in a new stage in my life now."
The thought of leaving Texas Tech, what he calls family, makes the sprinter emotional.
"When I posted on my story that I was leaving and saw the way everyone was responding, I began to shed tears. These people don't just see me as an athlete. They love me, care for me, and have a better plan for my future," he said.
Oduduru hasn't decided what club he will join. He'll train in Lubbock until he gets his degree in December.
Made up of about 60 kids, The Estacado High School band's numbers pale in comparison to other school bands across the state, but their performances on the field are among the very best. That is what Vista Ridge High School Band Director Bryan Christian said, who leads a group with about five times as many kids.