April 12, 2014

King performs well in final tune up for conference meet

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – In their final meet before the Conference Carolinas Championships, the King University women's track and field team took sixth of 14 teams at the Beynon Catamount Classic hosted by Western Carolina. Shelbie Burchfield set a season best in the high jump to take fourth place.

In meet filled with six NCAA Division I teams, the Tornado finished ahead of two Division I teams, and ended up tied with another. Burchfield posted her season best high jump of 1.63 meters to take fourth in the event.

Melissa Arnold set a personal record in the discus with toss of 31.43 meters to take 13th place. Evan Ferrell had a solid day for the Tornado, running the 3,000 meter steeplechase in the morning and posting a time of 12:38.69 to take fourth before running the 5,000 meters in the afternoon. In the 5,000 meters, she posted a time of 19:50.74.

Jaleessa Kennedy had a solid meet in the throwing events, posting a hammer throw of 36.75 meters and a mark of 24.08 in the javelin throw. Sprinters Alexis Robinson and Lindsey Burnett turned in stellar performances, Robinson with an eight place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.74 seconds, and Burnett with a 200 meter dash time of 27.90. Burnett also posted a long jump of 4.86 meters to take 10th.

King will have next weekend off before competing in the Conference Carolinas Championships on April 26. The meet will be hosted by Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, N.C.