Records Fall Friday at Texas Relays

Kole Weldon and Hannah Carson broke school records Friday at the Texas Relays.

March 28, 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas  - Texas Tech athletes broke two school records Friday during the program's second day of competition at the 87th Texas Relays in Austin.   

Junior All-American Kole Weldon broke a five-year-old record in the men's shot put, while sophomore Lady Raider Hannah Carson broke her own record in the women's javelin throw.

On his fifth attempt of the evening Weldon, who finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year, launched a throw of 19.67-meters (64'-6.50") to break Harrison Benjamin's previous record of 19.60-meters (64'-3.75") set in 2009. The Jacksboro, Texas native now owns both the Texas Tech indoor and outdoor school records in the shot put. Earlier Friday, in the first event on the Texas Relays infield, Carson broke her own school record in the javelin throw for the second time in the last two weeks. The rising Lady Raider star let loose a soaring heave of 54.03-meters (174'-3") on her fifth attempt of the competition to once again break her own standard.

"It feels really great," Carson said. "There's a lot of good competition here."

The performance mirrored that of her effort at the 2013 Texas Relays last spring where Carson bested her year-old school record with a throw of 52.16-meters (171'-1"). That mark stood until last week at the UTSA Invitational where she uncorked a throw of 53.15-meters (174'-4").

Carson finished third overall, and second among collegians, in the highly-competitive field while Weldon finished second in the shot put. Both competed in the university `A' section of their respective events.

Tech went on to qualify junior sprinter Cierra White for the finals of the 100-meter dash. The reigning Big 12 Champion in the event, White finished fourth overall in Friday's preliminaries with a season-best time of 11.41 seconds. Saturday's finals are scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on the Mike A. Myers track.

Red Raider freshman Treyvion Johnson followed with a new collegiate-best time in the men's section of the 100-meter dash where he crossed the finish line in 10.64 seconds. The performance marked the best time by a Red Raider in the event since 2012.

In the afternoon field events, sophomore Gionna Jackson put on a productive showing in both the women's long jump and triple jump. Competing in the `B' section of both events, Jackson went a season-best of 5.80 (19'-0.50") in the long jump where she finished eighth. She then went a career-best 12.07-meters (39'-7.25") in the triple jump on her fifth attempt of the afternoon to also finish eighth.

In Friday's evening portion of the long jump, newcomer Jerome Wilson went a career-best 7.30-meters (23'-11.50") to finish seventh in the men's university `A' section. Meanwhile, Lady Raider Shanice Stewart finished 11th going 5.90-meters (19'-4.25") in her first long jump competition of the outdoor season.

Early in Friday's field events, senior thrower Jorge Garcia turned in a season-best effort in the shot put. The returning All-Big 12 performer finished fifth in Friday's `B' section with a best throw of 17.05 (55'-11.25") on his final attempt of the morning.

The men's distance medley relay team comprised of Nick Rivera, Kyle Collins, Tommy Brinn and Kennedy Kithuka finished things off on the track with a third place finish in 9:41.64. The Lady Raider distance medley relay, comprised of Jocelyn Caro, Tiffany Tarver, Caitlin Waters and Sharlene Nickle finished seventh in 11:40.46.

Texas Tech will compete in its final day of the Texas Relays beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Mike A. Myers Stadium.






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