JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A strong performance from junior sprinter Justin Newring headlined the King University men's track and field team at the Niswonger Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State University over the weekend.
Newring won the 400 meter dash with a personal record time of 48.94 seconds after finishing first in the preliminary competition. His next closest competitor was .70 seconds behind. The time earned Newring an NCAA provisional qualifying spot, over .80 seconds faster than the time he needed to achieve the mark. Newring also finished second in the 200 meter dash, an event for which he had already posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Brent Swiney finished fifth in the 3000 meter run, less than ten seconds off the pace set by Mark Cole from UT-Chattanooga. His time of 8:48.01 was a personal record. Jeremy Stamper turned in a top-ten performance as well, coming in ninth in the shot put with a 13.72 meter throw.
The Tornado also had a strong showing in the long jump event, with Traviunta Trammell finishing eighth with a distance of 6.69 meters. Trammel was just .05 meters ahead of teammate Eric Jones, who finished tied for tenth and came within .01 meters of a new personal record.
The team will next compete on Friday and Saturday at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.