Weldon Sparks Red Raiders Friday at Big 12 Championships

Kole Weldon turned in the best finish by a Red Raider in the hammer throw since 2003.

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May 3, 2013

WACO, Texas - Texas Tech sophomore thrower Kole Weldon highlighted the opening day of competition for the No. 17 Lady Raiders and No. 18 Red Raiders at the 2013 Big 12 Championships Friday in Waco.

The already decorated Texas Tech sophomore capped off the full afternoon of competition with a career-best performance in the finals of men's hammer throw. On his final attempt, Weldon let loose a throw of 56.51-meters (185-feet 5 inches) to finish fourth in the competition and give the Red Raiders five early points at the conference championship meet.

"He got us started and got us on the board," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I was really proud of him. He hasn't thrown the hammer a lot this year, but went out there and did exactly what I wanted him to do."

The No. 18 Red Raiders enter Saturday fifth overall in the team standings with five points.

Weldon is only the third Red Raider in school history to throw over 180-feet in the men's hammer throw while his performance Friday marked the best by a Red Raider at the Big 12 Championships in the event since Jason Young finished runner up in 2003.

Friday marked just the fourth time in his career that Weldon has competed in the hammer throw.  

Two Lady Raider freshmen in Alexis Gallimore and Natalie Thompson opened competition in Day 1 of the women's heptathlon. Gallimore finished the day with 2,595 points, and enters Saturday in 15th place overall while Thompson finished with 2,571 points in 16th after four events.

The two-day competition concludes tomorrow with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run.

Gallimore turned in an impressive performance in the high jump clearing 1.60-meters (5'-3.00") on her third and final attempt to pick up 736 points. The clearance marked her best in the heptathlon high jump this season after clearing 1.58-meters (5'-2.25") at the Angelo State Relays in April.

Gallimore went on to post a career-best throw in the shot put with a mark of 8.37-meters (27'-5.50").

Shelby Poncik and Haley Cook both competed in the women's pole vault, both clearing 3.61-meters (11'-10"). Cook finished 10th on jumps with Poncik following in 12th.

Texas Tech resumes action at the 2013 Big 12 Championships with a full slate of action scheduled for Saturday. The women's heptathlon is set to begin at 10 a.m. with field and running events both beginning at 3 p.m.




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