CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The King College men's and women's track team tamed the stormy conditions Saturday to come away from the Catamount Classic hosted by Western Carolina University with numerous personal records.
Leading the sprint effort was Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) with a strong 400-meter dash effort of 48.08, good enough for the win while also slashing a second off last week's outdoor season opening performance. His time narrowly missed the NCAA Division II national qualifying standard of 48.00. Rahming returned to show his strength in the 200 with an impressive run of 22.48.
Also for the King men Ryan Williamson (Seymour, Tenn.) just missed breaking the 50-second barrier in the 400 with a sixth place effort of 50.72 seconds.
On the women's sprint side of the action Ashely Ruth (Cleveland, Tenn.), Kelsey Moyher (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Jill Hooker (Blountville, Tenn.) all represented the Lady Tornado at the front and claimed personal records in the challenging conditions. Ruth continues to progress during her sophomore season and picked up a fourth-place finish and a new personal record of one minute and .48 seconds for the one lap event. Hooker and Moyher blitzed the 200 to each claim a new personal record of 26.25 and 28.30, respectively.
In the field the King throws squad, led by Justin Harris (Johnson City, Tenn.), had a big day. In the shot put Harris led the way with a personal record of 36 feet and 2.75 inches. Returning to the circle just a short time later Harris then smashed his previous personal record in the hammer with a heave of 115 feet and two inches to claim eighth in a deep and competitive field. Joining Harris was teammate Seth Peltier (Gate City, Va.) who fired a 76 feet and four inch effort for a new personal record in the discus.
The women's throws group also had a solid day of competition despite the weather conditions throughout. Ashtan Hibar (Mansfield, Ohio.), competing in the shot put, finished in fourth after a tough competition with a throw of 36 feet and 11.5 inches. Returning for a second place finish in the discus event, Hibar launched the disc 112 feet and seven inches.
Brianna Cox (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Kaci Foster (Staunton, Va.) also added to the Lady Tornado presence at the meet by securing a second and fifth place finish in the women's high jump, respectively. In the horizontal jumps Shontella Smith (Campobello, S.C.) powered her way to a triple jump mark of 33 feet and a third place finish.
Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.), competing in the 1500 broke the five-minute barrier with a personal record time of 4:58.75. Joining Nelson in new territory was freshmen Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) who stormed her way through the field to a huge personal record of 5:08.02. In the men's 1500 freshmen Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) led the way with a personal records and fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 4:09.33.
The King College men's and women's track and field team travel next to the nearby Johnson City Invitational. The event will take place at the Sidney Smallwood Track on campus at Science Hill High School on April 15th and 16th.