Tornado kickoff indoor season next weekend

Tornado kickoff indoor season next weekend

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD NCAA HISTORY

First Year of NCAA Membership – 2010-11
Highest Conference Carolinas Indoor Finish (year) – 1st (2013)
Highest Conference Carolinas Outdoor Finish (year) – 2nd (2012)

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach, season – Amanda Williamson, 3rd season
Track and Field Office Phone – (423) 652-4815
Assistant Coaches – Desmond PierceMaegan HenryJustin Newring

TEAM INFORMATION

Conference Carolinas Indoor Finish Last Year – 6th
Conference Carolinas Outdoor Finish Last Year – 4th

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
- King was picked to finish seven in the Conference Carolinas Men's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Coaches' Poll

TOP RETURNING RUNNERS

Junior Chris Thomas (fifth at Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships in the 400 meter hurdles, fourth in triple jump, sixth in triple jump at conference indoor championships and seventh in 60 meter hurdles)
Senior Tanner Cook (fifth in 5000 meters and seventh in 3000 meters at Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships, fifth in 10,000 meters at conference outdoor championships)
Junior James Russell Ballowe (seventh in 10,000 meters and ninth in 5000 meters at the conference outdoor championships, 10th in 5000 meters at conference indoor championships)
Junior Dione Louden (third at Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships with personal record 110 meter hurdles time, fifth in 60 meter hurdles at indoor conference championships)
Sophomore Elijah Farmen (sixth in weight throw at Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships, sixth in discus and seventh in hammer throw at conference outdoor championships)
Sophomore Xavier Caudill (second in the high jump at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships and fifth at the indoor championships)

KEY PLAYERS LOST TO GRADUATION

Justin Newring (NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships qualifier in 2015, 200 and 400 meter conference indoor champion in 2014 and 2015 as well as outdoor champion in 2014)
Connor Hatfield (fifth in 3000 meter steeplechase and sixth in 5000 meter run at 2016 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track & Field Championships)

NEWCOMERS

Demetrius Canter, Elizabethton, Tenn. (Happy Valley HS)
Daryn Hughes, Floyd, Va. (Floyd County HS)
John Jablonski, Palmdale, Calif. (Antelope Valley College)
Axton Lowe, Kingsport, Tenn. (Sullivan Central HS)
TJ McMurray, Bristol, Va. (John S. Battle HS)
Adriel McPhee, Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Christian Academy)
Nathan Nash, Fort Blackmore, Va. (Gate City HS)
Vincent Okot, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Middle Tennessee State University)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the indoor season on January 13-14 at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational.
- The Conference Carolinas Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for February 19 at JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem, N.C.
- King opens the outdoor season on March 17-18 at the High Point Invitational.
- The Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for April 28-29 at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620