SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Sophomore thrower Hannah Carson propelled Texas Tech to a strong start at its outdoor season opener Friday in San Antonio.
Competing at the inaugural UTSA Texas Challenge Invitational, Carson broke her own school record in the javelin throw in the first event of the afternoon – and first-ever event at the recently completed Park West Athletics Complex. Carson launched a throw of 53.15-meters (174’-4.00”) to break her previous record of 52.16m (171’-1.00”) set last year at the Texas Relays.
“What a great beginning to our outdoor season,” Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. “I’m just really excited for her. She is the healthiest that I’ve seen her. It’s really fun to see her having a good day out there.”
The throw won Carson the competition by more than 7-meters, and jumped her to an early lead on the national qualifying list by nearly 14-feet. Carson returns to the Lady Raiders after qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman where she went on to finish 15th overall and earn All-America Second Team honors.
Also in the field events, junior Red Raider Kole Weldon opened his outdoor campaign with a career-best performance in the men’s hammer throw. The 2013 All-American in the shot put, Weldon finished fourth in the hammer throw Friday with a best toss of 57.00m (187’-0”).
After winning the hurdle race with a time of 15.20 seconds in the first event, Thompson cleared 1.64m (5’-4.50”) to win the high jump and pick up 783 points – the clearance was one centimeter off her outdoor career-best.
“She had a good hurdles race to start it out right,” Kittley said. “She’s had a good meet so far. I’m really pleased, and hopefully she can continue it tomorrow.”
Thompson went on to record an outdoor career-best in the shot put with a throw of 10.18m (33’-4.75”) and finish second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.98 seconds.
Meanwhile, freshman Andi Morgan sits in fourth place in the competition with 2,589 points while freshman Madeline Raney finished the day in fifth with 2,401 points.
Morgan picked up her highest point total with 786 in a third place finish in the 100-meter hurdles where she crossed the finish line in 15.43 seconds. Meanwhile, Raney picked up 820 points in the final event of the day, finishing first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.74 seconds.
Senior Red Raider Casey Felton also competed in Friday’s opening day of action, finishing third in the men’s javelin throw with a toss of 44.90m (147’-3”).
Texas Tech returns to the track Saturday for a full day of competition beginning with the continuation of the women’s heptathlon. Events are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.