BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Track and Field closed up its regular season with a pair of appearances in North Carolina and South Carolina this weekend. Two groups participated in the Pollock Spring Invite, hosted by Clemson University, and the Duke Twilight, hosted by Duke University, in an attempt to qualify additional members for national competition.
On Monday May 7, the distance runners participated in the Duke Twilight that was held under the lights at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) broke the school record in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 15:06.11 for a fourth place overall finish. In the women's 5,000 meter run, Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) set a new personal record and broke the 18-minute barrier with a 17:59.12 run, placing her fourth in the event.
King took the sprints and throws groups to the Pollock Spring Invite, hosted by Clemson University, on Saturday, May 5. Top Tornado finishers include Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) who had a top-10 finish and a new personal record set between two events. The freshman finished eighth overall in the 400 meters, crossing the line at 48.85 and set a new PR in the 200 meters with a time of 22.05 to edge out East Tennessee State University's Eroll Cash for 17thplace.
Maegan Henry's fourth place finish in the women's shot put where she tossed the rock 11.65 meters. On the men's side, Rickey Bell (Advance, N.C.) finished 13th in the discus toss with a throw of 41.19m.
The Tornado will send Shelbie Burchfield to the Clemson Tiger qualifier to improve her National Qualifying mark in the women's high jump prior to the Division II National Championships. The freshman will compete Saturday May 12, in Clemson S.C. The NCAA DII National Championships will be held in Pueblo, Colo. from May 24-26.