Tornado Race to Second Place Finish at Conference Championships
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Tornado men's track and field team received contributions from all areas of the roster, helping to combine for a second place team finish at this weekend's Conference Carolinas Track and Field Championships. The meet was hosted by Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. King had five event victories over the weekend.
Rickey Bell (Advance, N.C.) ruled the field events for King, pulling in two event victories and breaking one Conference Carolinas Track and Field Championship record. The freshman broke the record on his way to winning the men's discus throw, beating the next best opponent by more than two meters with a toss of 42.63m.
Bell returned to take first place in the men's hammer throw, again breaking away from the second place finisher by a considerable margin. His toss of 46.61m earned him his second event victory of the weekend. For his efforts and season-long success, Bell was named "Field Performer of the Year" in just his first season dawning a Tornado uniform.
Freshman Tom Lamkin (Troy Grove, Ill.) set a new personal record in the men's discuss, hitting 37.61m and finishing fourth while teammate Jonathan Outen finished fifth in the event (37.51m). Outen also finished third in the men's hammer throw with a 37.88m toss.
Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) had one event victory and a second place finish, taking in 18 points for the Tornado. The junior earned a victory in the men's 10,000 meter run where he and teammate Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) finished 1-2 in the standings. Haje crossed the finish line in 34:18.51 to take top honors while Frantom finished just five seconds behind him (34:23.41). Haje also took second place honors in the men's 5k with a time of 15:58.90.
National qualifier Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) earned two top-5 finishes over the weekend. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Noe won the event by nine seconds with a time of 9:56.34, the only participant to finish under the 10-minute mark. He also finished fifth overall in the 1,500-meter run (4:13.14).
The sprinting group also made large contributions toward the total team score, racking up eight top-5 finishes between their relay and individual events.
The 4x100m relay team broke a Conference Carolinas Championship record and finished first overall with a time of 42.11 in the race. The team was comprised of Forrest Stuart, Justin Newring, Jordan Tippens, and Reggie Warren.
Between the men's 200- and 400-meter races, the Tornado placed inside the top-5 four times. Justin Newring (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished second in the 200 meters with a 22.08 time while teammate Reggie Warren (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished fifth. In the 400 meters, Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) finished second overall, crossing the line at 48.87 while Jordan Tippens (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished fifth (49.47).
In the 100 meters, Newring and Warren both finished inside the top-5. Warren led the way with a second place finish (10.96) while Newring placed fifth with a 11.19 time.
Rounding out the list of top-5 finishes for the sprinters is Forrest Stuart's third place finish and new personal record in the 110m hurdles. He ran the event in 15.13.
The Tornado finished second overall as a team at the Conference Carolinas Track and Field Championships with 150 points. Mount Olive took the title with 173 points while Limestone finished third (74). This is King's first appearance in the Conference Championships since joining the league in May 2011.
King will take a select group of athletes with hopes to reach National Qualifier marks to one last qualifying meet before the National Championships, May 24-26.