February 19, 2011

All-Americans and school records for King at NCCAA Nationals

MARION, Ind. - King College ran to three NCCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships Saturday as the men's and women's team collected 14 All-American performances on the day. With all the All-Americans, the Lady Tornado finished fourth in the team standings while the Tornado was seventh.

Freshman Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) ran the 400-meter dash in 49.91 seconds to capture the title by 0.14 seconds.

The Lady Tornado 800 relay and the Tornado 1,600 relay teams were both first. The women's 800 relay team needed one minute and 48.90 seconds for the win and to break the program record by two seconds. The men's squad won the event by four seconds with a time of 3:22.53. The Lady Tornado 1,600 relay team also garnered All-American status with a second-place finish time of 4:10.51.

Senior Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) broke the school record in the 5,000 as she crossed the finish line at the 18:04.86 mark which gave her second in the event. She lowered the record by 15 seconds in that event. Nelson added a sixth-place performance in the 3,000 as she finished in 10:39.90, three seconds faster than her previous best time.

Laneickia Brewton (Inman, S.C.) was a three-time All-American on the day with a runner-up finish in the 200 and fifth in the 60. Her time in the 200 was 26.15 while she ran the 60 in 8.02. She was a part of both of King's relay teams.

Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.) finished second in the 3,000 with a program record time of 10:34.47, a 10-second personal best.

A throw of 40 feet and 10 inches from Ashtan Hibar (Mansfield, Ohio) in the shot put gave her second and the school record. Hibar shattered her old record by 19 inches.

Jordan Tippens (Knoxville, Tenn.) and a run of 23.01 in the 200 put him fourth.

In the high jump, Logan Kemp (Blountville, Tenn.) cleared 6 feet and 0.75 inches which was good for fifth.

Shontella Smith (Campobello, S.C.) needed 8.04 seconds to run the 60 in for a sixth-place finish.

Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) posted a time of 15:49.19 in the 5,000 to finish sixth.

The Top-3 finishers from each event earned All-American status.

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