Weldon Breaks School Record in Albuquerque

Tech's Kole Weldon broke the school record in the weight throw Friday in Albuquerque.

Feb. 7, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - Texas Tech junior thrower Kole Weldon broke a 12-year-old school record Friday in the opening night of competition at the New Mexico Classic.

The Jacksboro, Texas native, who already owns the school record in the shot put, ended Friday's weight throw competition with a heave of 19.68-meters (64-feet 7 inches) to finish first overall.

"What a great performance for him," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "He had some great throws tonight. He has a lot more in him, but I'm glad to see him picking up his performance in the weight throw."

Weldon entered the meet No. 7 nationally in the shot put, an event he is scheduled to compete in on Saturday. With his performance Friday, he moves to No. 2 on the Big 12 descending order list in the weight throw.

His toss Friday night bested the 2002 record of 19.32-meters (63'-1") set by Jason Young - a 2012 Olympian in the discus.

"It's a brand new event for me," Weldon said. "It takes time to develop the patterns and get the confidence, but three years in and now I'm seeing results so it's exciting. I still have a lot of improvement to go, which is really exciting."

Weldon's performance kick-started Tech's opening night at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which will serve as the host of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

On the track, Texas Tech junior Cierra White turned in yet another historic performance clocking a new career-best in the 200-meter dash after crossing the finish line with a time of 23.52 seconds. She collected her third win of the season in the event, while her time Friday ranks No. 2 all-time at Texas Tech. She now holds three of the top-5 performance in the event.

White was followed by teammate Amoy Blake who finished fourth overall with a new season-best time of 24.56 seconds.

In the men's high jump, junior JaCorian Duffield finished runner-up clearing 2.13-meters (6-feet 11.75 inches). The performance snapped a streak of six consecutive meets clearing 7-feet or higher, which dated back to the 2013 outdoor season. Senior Nick Tam cleared a season-best 2.03-meters (6'-8.00"), while sophomore Bradley Adkins finished eighth clearing 2.08-meters (6'-9.75"). Duffield and Adkins entered the meet ranked in the top-5 nationally with season-bests of 2.23-meters (7'-3.75") and 2.20-meters (7'-2.50") respectively.

Shortly afterwards, junior Michaela Palu continued her strong 2014 indoor campaign in the high jump clearing a new career-best of 1.73-meters (5'-8.00") to finish fifth in the competition. Palu has now improved in each of Tech's four meets this season.

Junior Trevor Mackey, a transfer from South Plains College, made his Red Raider debut Friday night in the 200-meter dash and turned in a strong performance in the process. Mackey clocked a 21.23 in the event to finish second overall. Mackey's time marked the best by a Red Raider in the event since the 2011 season.

Mackey was followed by sophomore Joseph Richards III in fourth who clocked a season-best time of 21.48.

In the men's pole vault, Tech sophomore Kyle Thompson led the Red Raiders while matching his season-best clearing 4.90-meters (16'-0.75") to finish 11th.

Meanwhile, the Lady Raiders garnered two of the top-5 spots in the women's long jump led by Shanice Stewart who turned in her second-straight strong performance going 6.18-meters (20'-3.50"). Stewart finished third overall and was followed by sophomore Le'Tristan Pledger who went 6.03-meters (19'-9.50") to finish fifth.

Tech went 2-3 in the men's 600-meter run led by Alex Foster who clocked a 1:22.50. He was followed by Kendall McVey in third who finished with a time of 1:22.65. The Lady Raiders also went 2-3 in the event led by Caitlin Waters (1:34.31) and Tiffany Tarver (1:34.72).

Texas Tech also competed at the Boston Valentine Invitational Friday where junior Lady Raider Sharlene Nickle clocked a personal-best in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:38.95. She was followed by teammate Jocelyn Caro who finished in 9:51.44.

Also in Boston, Madeline Livergood finished with a career-best time in the 5,000-meter run finishing in 18:19.41.

Tech returns to the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday for Day 2 of the New Mexico Classic with events scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Four Red Raiders are also scheduled to compete in the final day of action at the Boston Valentine Invitational. 




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