JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – King Men's and Women's Track & Field wrapped up at day two of the Niswonger Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University. The Tornado faced stiff competition, going against athletes from multiple Division I programs but had several solid performances. Kendra Sokol had the highest individual performance for King in the first event of the day by finishing sixth of the 24 in the women's 5000-meter run with a time of 19:28.96.
The Tornado had another strong performance in the final event of the day, the men's 4x400-meter relay. The team of sophomore Reggie Warren (Knoxville, Tenn.), sophomore Alson Edgecombe (Nassau, Bahamas), junior Jordan Tippens (Knoxville, Tenn.), and sophomore Justin Newring (Knoxville, Tenn.), who was a part of the distance medley team as well, placed fifth (first among non-DI schools), the highest finish for the Tornado of the weekend, with a time of 3:23.26.
The men's distance medley team of freshman Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va.), sophomore Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.), junior Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.), and Newring finished seventh (second among non-DI schools) with a time 10:51.04.
Individually, Noe followed his performance in the distance medley with an eighth-place finish in the one-mile invitational run (4:37.67). Freshman Joktan Moore (Mount Airy, N.C.) placed ninth in the men's long jump with a mark of 6.56 meters.
Sophomore Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) was tenth with a time of 9:06.22 in the men's 3,000-meter run. Swiney was only six seconds behind his teammate with a time of 9:12.62 to finish 13th.
The Tornado Track & Field squads are back in action next Friday, January 25 at the Liberty Open, a two day event, in Lynchburg, Va.