LYNCHBURG, Va. – The King University men's track and field team turned a solid performance in their final tune-up before the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships. At the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, the 4x400 relay team registered their fastest time in three years, while Brent Swiney set a school record, and Eric Jones set a personal record in the long jump.
The 4x400 relay team of Justin Newring, Reggie Warren, Alson Edgecombe and Jordan Tippins finished in a time of 3:17.31, winning the event. That time was also the first time a King 4x400 relay team has finished under 3:20 in the last three years.
For the second time this year, Swiney set the school record in the 1,500 meter run. He place second with a time of 4:00.55. In the long jump, Jones placed ninth with a leap of 6.65 meters, which ranks second in the conference this season. He trails only teammate Forrest Stuart who registered a leap of 6.80 meters earlier this season.
The 4x100 relay team of Newring, Edgecombe Tippens and Warren placed second with a time of 42.23 seconds. Their time is about one second off of the provisional time to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Jordan Noe continued his blistering pace of late, winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 9:36.16.
In the field events, Jeremy Stamper set a personal record by nearly five meters in the hammer throw with a toss of 35.35 meters. In the shot put, Jonathan Dunn posted a toss of 9.79 meters to set a new personal-best while Mark Baker recorded a personal record throw of 33.59 meters in the discus.
The Tornado will have this week off before the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships on April 19 and 20. King will be trying to win their second conference title of the spring as they won the Conference Carolinas indoor championship early this spring.