LYNCHBURG, Va. – Brent Swiney continues to set school records for the King University men's track and field team during the outdoor season. The sophomore broke his own mark in the 800 meters this weekend at the Liberty Collegiate Invite. Six other personal records fell at the meet for the Tornado, including three for Andy Lai.
Swiney posted a time of 1:55.57 in the 800 meters, breaking his previous school record by nearly two seconds to take fifth place. Taylor Dix also set a personal best in the same event with a time of 2:02.61, placing him 14th. The Tornado had four runners in the top-15 of the nearly 30-runner 800 meter field. Jordan Noe finished just ahead of Dix at 13 with a time of 2:02.51, and Jordan Smith was just after at 2:02.66 to take 15th. Tanner Cook rounded out the five King runners in the field with a 21st place finish at 2:06.63.
Along with that, Smith had a solid performance in the 1500 meters, setting a personal record with a time of 4:06.25 to take ninth place. Sprinters Justin Newring and Reggie Warren had good performances as well. Newring finished 10th in the 100 meters with a time of 11.20 seconds, and third in the 200 meters with at iem of 22.20 seconds. Warren finished third in the 400 meters with his time of 50.23 seconds.
In the field events, four personal records fell, starting with a pair in the hammer throw on Friday. Jeremy Stamper posted a personal best toss of 39.01 meters, and Lai did the same with a toss of 35.48 meters. Lai continued to impress on Saturday, setting personal records in both the discus and shot put. He posted a mark of 37.65 meters in the discus and 10.36 meters in the shot put.
The Tornado have one last tune-up before the Conference Carolinas Championships, next week at the Beynon Catamount Classic hosted by Western Carolina University. The meet is scheduled to take place on April 11-12.