BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Men's and Women's Track and Field each have jumped into second in this week's regional rankings, released by the USTFCCCA today. The men jumped four spots while the women jumped ahead of Mount Olive into the number two spot.
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Both teams benefitted from a very strong outing up and down at last week's Fast Track Invitational, where three school records fell. Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) placed third in the 5k race and set a new school mark with a 15:22 finish. Teammates Dickson Kurgat, Spencer Frantom, and Jordan Noe finished inside the top-8 in the event to help support the team.
Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Shelbie Burchfield (Morristown, Tenn.) both took down school records in their respective events. Alfano broke her own record in the one-mile race that she had set earlier this year. Her 5:12.32 time bested her previous mark by nearly five seconds. Burchfield placed third in the women's high jump with a 1.60-meter jump.
Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) finished the 400-meter event a half of a second away from the NCAA national qualifying mark of 49.25, crossing the finish line with a 49.71 time.
The Tornado men's team jumped four spots in the Southeast Region standings, hopping over Clayton State, Mount Olive and Limestone. The women traded places with Mount Olive, that fell to third in the region.
King will continue their spring season at the Gene Anderson Invite on Feb. 17-18 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They will close out the regular season at the VT Final Qualifier on March 3 before getting ready for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship in Mankato, Minn. on March 9-10.