Okot leads King at Beynon Sports Catamount Classic

Okot leads King at Beynon Sports Catamount Classic

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – In their final tune-up before the Conference Carolinas Championships, the King University men's track and field team finished sixth at the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic. Vincent Okot led the way for the Tornado, winning the triple jump and taking second in the long jump.


  • In the long jump, Okot was the top NCAA finisher, any division, taking second with a leap of 6.86 meters.
  • Okot then won the triple jump with a mark of 15.30 meters, winning the event by nearly one meter. That mark also broke the school record of 15.16 meters that has stood since 2007.
  • That also marked his outdoor personal record, coming within 0.10 meters of his longest career jump.
  • Tanner Cook finished fourth in the 5000 meter run and was the first NCAA Division II runner to cross the finish line with a time of 15:39.03.
  • In the 400 meter hurdles, Chris Thomas took 10th with a time of 16.32 seconds.
  • Xavier Caudill finished second in the high jump, clearing 1.88 meters. He was also the top NCAA Division II finisher.
  • Elijah Farmen finished second in the javelin throw with a mark of 47.15 meters, setting a personal record by more than four meters.
  • Trevor McMurray set a personal record with a mark of 37.89 meters to take 10th in the discus.
  • In the hammer throw, John Jablonski was the top Division II finisher with a mark of 44.40 meters.
  • In the shot put, Austin Blankenship posted a mark of 12.31 meters to set a personal record.


  • The Tornado are in action again on April 28-29 at the Conference Carolinas Championships host by Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C.