January 18, 2013

Tornado Complete Day One of Niswonger Invitational

Shelbie Burchfield put in a strong sixth place finish in the women's high jump to provisionally qualify for the Indoor National Championships and lead the Tornado.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – King Men's and Women's Track & Field completed day one of the Niswonger Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.). Hannah Witt set a new indoor school record in the women's 5k and was one of two sixth-place finishes to lead the Tornado. Shelbie Burchfield turned in the second sixth-place finish while coming closing in on her quest to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor National Championships in the women's high jump.

Hannah Witt, a senior from Mountain City, Tenn., turned in a school record-breaking performance in the women's 5,000-meter run. Her sixth place finish set a new King indoor record when she crossed the finish line in 17:53.12, breaking her previous personal record by 45 seconds. Witt finished just behind a pack of Appalachian State runners and was just three seconds away from a top-3 finish.

Shelbie Burchfield (Morristown, Tenn.) turned in the team's second sixth-place finish in the women's high jump and made a good run at provisionally qualifying for the 2013 Indoor National Championships. The sophomore achieved her highest jump of 1.58 meters (5-feet, 2-inches) on her final try at that height. The indoor provisional qualifying mark is 1.66 meters which she hit twice last year.

Also finishing strongly for the Lady Tornado were Atlanta Westbrook (Spring Hill, Tenn.) in the triple jump and Lanneickia Brewton (Inman, S.C.) in the 400m event. Westbrook set a new indoor personal record with a jump of 36-feet, 2.25-inches placing her 13th overall. Brewton finished 14th in the 400m with a 60.4-second finish time to close in but not surpass her PR.

Reigning Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, Maegan Henry (Bluefield, W.Va.), finished 26th in the weight throw, reaching 12.08m.

Also running strong were the trio of King runners in the 60-meter dash who all clocked in sub-8.5 second times in the prelims for the event. Brewton led the trio with a time of 8.04 seconds, good for 30th place, while Alexis Robinson (8.19) and Tia Nelson (8.26) followed.

Sophomore Forrest Stuart (Appalachia, Va.) led the men with a 13th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.82) and missed a spot to compete in the finals by one position and 0.04 seconds. His time did set a new indoor personal record.

Justin Newring (Knoxville, Tenn.) set a new indoor personal record in the 200m dash with a 22.57 finish time.

Knoxville, Tenn. native Reggie Warren finished 27th in the 60-meter dash, clocking in a new PR of 7.20 seconds.

In the field, Jeremy Stamper (Marion, Va.) finished 16th in the men's weight throw, hitting 40-feet, 5.5-inches with his best toss.

Day two of the Niswonger Invitational picks up Saturday (Jan. 19) at its originally scheduled time of 8 a.m., with a second session of the men's and women's 5,000m run.

For the complete schedule of events, click here.

For complete and live results, provided by TimingInc, click here.

For the homepage of the 2013 Niswonger Invitational, click here.