Tornado Set Multiple Indoor Marks at Liberty Open
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The King College Men's and Women's Track and Field teams jumped, ran and threw back into action at the Liberty Open (Lynchburg, Va.) for a two-day event that concluded on Saturday evening. The Tornado continued where it left off setting multiple school indoor records and several personal records falling.
King distance runners had a strong day on both sides of the track, setting three new King indoor track records over the weekend. Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) took home the gold medal in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:36.69, also good for the new personal and school indoor record. Teammate Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) finished in second place with a strong 15:44.34 finish time.
On the women's side of the 5,000-meter race, Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) also set a new personal and school indoor track record. Her time in the 5k race (18:43.93) earned her a second place finish in the event and the new top spot in the indoor program history. Junior Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) ran strong with a top-5 finish, clocking in at 18:52.77.
Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished the one-mile run with King's third record-setting time. Her time of 5:19.77 set a new indoor mark in the event and granted her a third place finish by less than a second to UNC-Wilmington's Erin Brennan.
In the 200-meter dash, Reggie Warren (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished in the top-15 of the event, crossing the finish line at 23.30. Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) closed in on his goal of finishing below the National-qualifying time of 49.2 seconds with a fourth place, 50.97 second finish in the 400-meter dash.
Among notable King jumper finishes, Shelbie Burchfield (Morristown, Tenn.) finished tied for sixth in the women's high jump with a 1.58-meter jump. The jump also set a new personal record for the freshman.
Maegan Henry (Bluefield, Va.) set a new personal record in the women's weight throw, reaching the 12.09-meter mark on her first throw of her set. Her throw was good for a 19thplace finish.
Forrest Stuart (Appalachia, Va.) stood out among the King male jumpers, finishing tenth in the men's high jump, reaching 1.84 meters.
"I was really pleased with the overall performance of the team and some individuals," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "We still have a long way to go, but considering the long layoff we had we did really well."
King will take both the men and women Indoor Track and Field teams to the Fast Track College Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. on Feb. 11 for an all-day event prior to the Gene Anderson Invite (Feb. 18) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.