By Jennifer Edwards, TexSports Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS A shortened indoor track season could not stop Dickinson native Christopher Welch from excelling in the triple jump. Welch set an Houston Baptist University record by jumping 15.64 meters or 51 feet and 3.75 inches at the Texas A&M Invitational. He continued his winning ways by completing a 15.94-meter jump. In total, Welch has broken the school record seven times.
This sophomore standout is used to the spotlight and incredibly humble when it comes to his talent. Welch stood out on the Gators football team as an all-district 24-6A kicker and wide receiver. Once football season was over, his focus turned quickly to track and field where he excelled. In addition to the accolades he has already racked up, Christopher received the NCAA All-American in the triple jump, as well as a silver medal in Southland Conference Indoor Championships and became the first HBU indoor championship qualifier.
Welch is incredibly humble when it comes to where he gets his talent from. He says, “When I got the confirmation that I was an All-American I was very thankful, because I’ve always known that it was going to happen, and it was what I prayed for when I first got to college.”
Welch hopes to continue his winning ways at HBU in the future when the university is able to safely bring athletes back. He also says,” Just knowing that God’s promise to me was fulfilled it gave me the motivation, so that next year I would not only be an All-American, but also become a National Champion.”