Texas Tech head coach to be honored by alma mater with running of Wes Kittley Invitational Saturday
Texas Tech's men's track and field team appears at No. 10 in the USTFCCCA Week 1 computer rankings
Former Red Raider Jason Young advances to discus finals
Veteran throws coach Cliff Felkins named Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Closse reaches NCAA automatic qualifying mark, Meyers sets new personal best
T&F: Big 12 Outdoors Preview
Cierra White breaks school record in 100M
Wes Kittley previews Texas Tech's Thursday's final home meet of the season
Track and Field Teams open Indoor Season at Texas Tech Open
Men's & Women's Throws
Cliff Felkins is in his 17th season at Texas Tech, coaching throwing events for the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders as well as coordinating the team's strength and conditioning program.
2015 saw four All-America honors and three Big 12 titles for Felkins' throwers. Kole Weldon defended Big 12 high point scorer crown after claiming the hammer throw title and finishing runner-up in both the shot put and discus events. Weldon went on to finish with second team All-America accolades after finishing 10th in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He placed sixth at the indoor meet in the shot put to garner first team All-America honors.
Hannah Carson racked up two Big 12 titles in 2015 under Felkins' tutelage. She won the javelin behind a then seasonal-best 56.36m (184-11) on the first day of competition at the conference meet and claimed the discus crown at 53.46m (175-05) on the final day of the meet. Carson would break not only her own PR but also the school record en route to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin at 57.72m (189-4), for first team All-America honors.
In 2014, Felkins had two All-Americans: Hannah Carson (First team, outdoor javelin), and Kole Weldon (Second team, indoor shot put). Felkins' throws groups scored a total of 36 points at the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championships, led by Weldon, whose 24 points earned him the title of high point scorer.
On the indoor side, Felkins' athletes scored 20 points at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, between Weldon and Jorge Garcia.
In 2013, Felkins coached Weldon to an NCAA runner-up performance in the shot put at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Weldon, in just his sophomore campaign, rewrote the school record books during the 2013 indoor season and currently owns each of the top-five marks. Weldon went on to finish third in the shot put at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene to cap off his remarkable 2013 season.
Meanwhile, Felkins was also the architect of both Julian Wruck and D'Andra Carter's NCAA titles in the outdoor discus throw. Wruck won the NCAA Outdoor Discus title in 2011, while Carter captured the NCAA Championship in 2009.
In 2012, Felkins was named the Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the indoor season.
Felkins guided D'Andra Carter to the 2009 NCAA discus national title, two All-American honors and back-to-back Big 12 titles. Meanwhile, Patience Knight earned three All-American honors and won two-straight indoor and outdoor shot put Big 12 Championships under Felkins tutelage. Harrison Benjamin added to Felkins list as he won the 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in shot put.
Before arriving at Texas Tech, Felkins was a member of Wes Kittley's staff at Abilene Christian, where he coached the team's throwers and served as the strength coach for both the men's and women's intercollegiate programs. He joined the ACU staff in 1992 and lifted the throwers to unprecedented heights. During his tenure, Felkins coached the Wildcat throwers to 36 All-American performances, five national championships, four Olympic trials and one Olympian.
In 1987, Felkins became the first and only Division II field event athlete to win a Division I national title, forcing the Division I coaches to change the rules, banning Division II athletes from competing at the Division I Championships. Felkins competed at Olympic trials, Olympic festivals and U.S. National Championships before retiring in 1996. Felkins was also inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame for his collegiate accomplishments.
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