Tornado Top Regional Rankings for First Time in Program History
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Southeast Region of NCAA Division II Track and Field has a new leader atop the USTFCCCA rankings, released Wednesday afternoon. King College Men's Track and Field are now No. 1 in the region after a successful showing the last week's meet, the first time the program has achieved the feat in its history.
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The Tornado surpassed Lees-McRae for the No. 1 spot in the southeast region after their strong showing at the Gene Anderson Invitational on Feb. 18. King finished strong in all four areas, led by sprinter Earl Rahming's win in the 400-meter dash. The Nassau, Bahamas native closed in on the national qualifying mark of 49.25 seconds after posting a new personal record of 49.60. Distance runner Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) broke a school record and placed fourth in the 3k race with an 8:48.58 finish time. Freshmen jumpers Forrest Stuart (Appalachia, Va.) and Eric Jones (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men's high jump event. In the field events, thrower Rickey Bell (Advance, N.C.) advanced to the finals and finished in the top-10 in the shot put with a 12.83-meter throw.
"This is a really proud moment for the program, the staff, and the entire men's team," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "We will all enjoy this but know that we must keep working hard, execute through the rest of the schedule, and maintain this excellence."
The women's team dropped one spot in the Southeast region. Mount Olive took second in the poll by less than ten points, putting King third in the latest poll. The women are led by record-setting distance runner Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) who has set a new school record in the 3k race in three consecutive meets. Maegan Henry (Bluefield, Va.) came within one half of a foot of the women's weight throw school record while sprinter Ashley Ruth (Cleveland, Tenn.) set a new PR in the 400-meter dash at the Gene Anderson Invitational, last week.
The Tornado added one event to their schedule, taking a trip to Winston-Salem, Va. to participate in the JDL Fast Track Invitational before going to the VT Final Qualifier, hosted by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on March 3. They will follow with the NCAA Indoor National Championship (Mankato, Minn.) on March 9-10.