King takes home five titles at conference meet, place fourth
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University men's track and field team came into the Conference Carolinas outdoor meet with confidence after winning the indoor championship earlier this spring. However, the Tornado finished fourth in the outdoor meet on Saturday with 116 points.
The Tornado took home four individual titles and one relay title from the weekend. Jordan Noe recorded a time of 9:45.59 to win the 3,000 meter steeplechase while Brent Swiney won the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:06.35. The 4x100 meter relay team of Justin Newring, Alson Edgecombe, Jordan Tippens and Reggie Warren finished in 42.83 seconds to take the title. Newring finished the 200 meter dash in a blistering time of 21.77 seconds, finishing 0.27 seconds ahead of teammate Reggie Warren for the win.
In the hammer throw, Jeremy Stamper registered a distance of 37.88 meters to take first place. Stamper also took home top-10 finishes in the discus and shot put. In the discus he placed third with a toss of 34.30 meters, and he placed fourth in the shot put at 13.20 meters. Stamper was named both the men's field athlete of the year, and the men's freshman field athlete of the year in the conference.
Spencer Frantom had a solid performance as he record a pair of top-5 finishes. He placed second in the 10,000 meters with at time of 33:28.06. Frantom followed that with a 5,000 meter time of 15:39.10, finishing in fourth place.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the Tornado team of Newring, Warren, Edgecombe and Tippens clocked a time of 3:19.63 to finish second.
King placed four runners in the top-10 of the 400 meters. Newring led this group with time for 50.41 seconds to place third while Edgecombe was right on his heels at 50.43 seconds and a fourth place finish. Tippens and Warrant weren't much farther behind, finishing in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Tippens came in with a time of 50.49 seconds while Warren finished in 50.59 seconds.
The Tornado finished with 116 points to finish in fourth place while Limestone College posted 142 points to finish in first place. Mount Olive College paced second with 132 points, and North Greenville University placed third with 129 points.