CULLOWHEE, N.C. – King Track and Field concluded its stay at Western Carolina, competing among some top competition and NCAA Division I institutions. The Tornado throw groups led the way during a successful day across the board in which many personal records toppled.
Maegan Henry (Bluefield, Va.) had two top-10 finished in the field on Saturday to pace the throwers group. She set a new personal record in the women's shot put with a top toss of 12.07 meters to place sixth overall in the event. Henry came back with a 10th place finish in the discus event, hitting 24.79 meters.
Cheyenne Thornsberry (Bristol, Tenn.) set a new personal record in the discus throw with a 26.97m throw, placing ahead of four North Greenville University and two UNC-Asheville tossers. Thornsberry also finished 13th overall in the shot put competition, hitting 10.59m.
Rickey Bell (Advance, N.C.) placed inside the top-15 in two events, including one top-10 finish. In the men's shot put, the freshman finished just a shade under 13 meters for a ninth place overall, beating out three Western Carolina hurlers. In the javelin throw, he finished 14th, eclipsing 42 meters (42.09) with his second throw. Bell set new personal bests in each event.
The throwers did not stop there as Jonathan Outen (Maynardville, Tenn.) also set a pair of new personal records in the shot put and javelin toss. In the shot put, Outen finished 20th and registered a best of 11.14m with his final good toss of the day. In the discus, he placed 20th with a throw of 36.82m for a 20th place overall finish and new PR. The freshman also finished 12th in the hammer throw, hitting 37.31m.
In the field, individual marks continued to fall with three jumpers setting new highs in the triple jump event. Atlanta Westbrook (Spring Hill, Tenn.) and Tia Keitt (Dallas, Ga.) each set new personal bests in the event, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Westbrook (10.79m) and Kiett (10.78m) finished .01 meters apart while both set new lifetime bests. For Westbrook, it was the first time she had hit the 35-foot mark and was nearly a 1.5-foot improvement from her previous best.
Kiett continued improving her personal marks with a top-5 finish in the women's long jump, ending with a best of 5.17m. Westbrook hit her second PR of the day in the 400-meter race, finishing eighth overall with a 59.46 time.
Freshman Justin Newring set a new PR and had a top-5 finish in the men's triple jump. The Knoxville, Tenn., native hit a new high on his third leap, hitting 13.06 meters and finishing fourth overall.
On the track, Jordan Tippens (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Reggie Warren (Knoxville, Tenn.) each placed inside the top-10 of the 400-meter men's race. Warren set a new PR with a 50.08 time while Tippens closed in on his own top mark, crossing the line in 50.27.
In the men's 1,500-meter run, Jordan Noe and Naseem Haje finished sixth and seventh, respectively, finished a hair over a second from one another. Taylor Dix set a new PR in the same event, finished the race in 4:14.62. On the women's side of the 1,500-meter event, Kenda Sokol set a new personal record with her first sub-five minute performance. The Kingsport, Tenn., native finished 11th with a 4:59.98 end time.
Also setting a personal best was Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Va.), who finished with a 2:05.24 time in the men's 800-meter race.
King will close out the month of March at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolinas State University on March 31 before engaging in the Liberty Open on April 6-7.