CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University men's track and field team opened the outdoor portion of the season Friday and Saturday on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a number of outstanding performances from its key contributors.
Brent Swiney, who also runs on the cross country team, set a new school record in the 1,500 meter run, finishing in 10th place overall against one of the deepest fields the Tornado will see all season that included numerous NCAA Division I athletes. Swiney finished the event in 3:55.38, which shattered his own school record by over five seconds that he set last season. Swiney also finished in ninth place in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:47.80.
Justin Newring followed up his plethora of extraordinary results in the indoor season with two solid results in the sprint events. He achieved an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200 meter dash with a personal record time of 21.62. He finished sixth overall in the preliminary heats that included 118 runners, then ran to a fifth-place finish in the finals with a wind-aided time of 21.40 seconds.
Newring also set a personal record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.66 seconds, finishing eighth of 108 runners in the preliminary heats. His time of 48.97 seconds in the finals was good for sixth place overall.
Several other Tornado athletes set personal records at the meet. Tom Lamkin finished 26th in the hammer throw event with a throw of 41.25 meters, breaking his previous personal record by nearly four meters. Jordan Smith set a pair of records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter events, while Taylor Dix set personal marks in the 800 and 1,500 meter runs. Jordan Noe also set a personal record in the 800 meter run. Eric Jones' 6.82 meter performance in the long jump was also a personal best mark.
The Tornado will continue the outdoor portion of their schedule on March 27 and 28 at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.