Jacksboro native and current Texas Tech Red Raider Kole Weldon was recently honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association as the Mountain Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.

Weldon, who is a reigning All American in the shot put, was a key reason the Red Raiders won the Big 12 championship. He earned 24 points and was the high point scorer at the Big 12 meet. Kole finished as the runner-up in the shot put, discuss and hammer throw. He went on to qualify for the NCAA Championship in both the shot put and discuss at the NCAA west preliminaries in Arkansas.

Weldon is the only Big 12 athlete to earn All conference honors in each event discuss, shot put, and hammer throw, in two consecutive outdoor seasons.

“It is an honor to be named the Mountain Region Athlete of the year,” Weldon said. “I am proud to be a Texas Tech Red Raider and to have the opportunity to continue to represent my team and my school at a high competitive level.”

Weldon made his third appearance at the NCAA outdoor Championships. Last year, he became the first Red Raider in history to earn First Team All- American honors in the shot put. He was the runner up at the National Indoor Championships last year. The outdoor championships were held at Eugene, Oregon this year. Kole began his college career at nearby Midwestern State University as a member of the football team. However he decided to transfer to Texas Tech where he began a steller track and field athlete. Kole will set his sites on a return to the NCAA championship in his final year of eligibility next year.