WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – King Track and Field sent a trio of athletes to the JDL Fast Track Invitational in Winston-Salem, Va. in one final attempt to qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships. Danielle Alfano broke her own school record for a fourth time this season and Shelbie Burchfield broke the school record in the high jump to highlight for the Tornado.
Alfano, a Chattanooga, Tenn. native, ran the one-mile race in five minutes, 8.2 seconds to break her own school record for the fourth time this season. From her first run in the event at the Liberty Open (Jan. 28) to her most recent finish, Alfano has improved her time by more than 11 seconds. The senior missed the National qualifying mark by just four seconds but earned her first race win in her final event of her collegiate career.
Shelbie Burchfield (Morristown, Tenn.) set a new personal record and school record in the women's high jump, reaching 1.60 meters (5-feet, 3-inches). The finish sets the freshman up for an excellent opportunity to finish among the top at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships.
Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) rounded out the trio of King student-athletes attempting to qualifying for the National Championships in the 400-meter dash. The sophomore ran a 49.64, narrowly missing the qualifying mark of 49.25 seconds.
King will not race in the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier, closing out their Indoor Track and Field season. Both teams will return to action on March 16-17 at the Charlotte 49er Classic, hosted by the University of North Carolinas – Charlotte.