BOONE, N.C. – The King University men's track & field team started the season on a high note at the Appalachian Invitational hosted by Appalachian State University. The Tornado finished first among six non NCAA Division II teams, and Justin Newring highlighted the day as he posted a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in the 200 meter dash.
Newring posted an indoor personal record time of 22.08 seconds in the 200 meters to finish third in a field that had numerous NCAA Division I runners. The time topped his previous indoor best of 22.57 seconds, and is below the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time of 22.20 seconds.
Reggie Warren and Alson Edgecombe also set personal records on the track on Friday afternoon. In the 55 meter dash, Warren posted a time of 6.52 seconds to top his previous best finish by more than one tenth of a second. Edgecombe covered the 400 meter distance in an indoor personal best time of 51.63 seconds by more than four tenths of a second.
In the throwing events, Andy Lai, Johnathan Dunn and Tom Lamkin all set personal records. Lai and Dunn both posted personal bests in the weight throw with tosses of 10.89 and 10.70 meters, respectively. Dunn topped his previous best by more than four meters. Lamkin shattered his previous best in the weight throw with a toss of 11.84 meters. His previous record was 10.92 meters. Lamkin nearly set a personal record in the weight throw too as his mark of 12.20 meters was only 0.01 meters away from his personal record.
The Tornado finished first of six non NCAA Division I teams at the even with 117 points. Mars Hill University finished second with 108 points, and Livingstone College finished third at 98.
King will have a few weeks off before their next meet, the Wake Forest Invitational. The meet will take place at the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem, N.C., on January 11.