Tornado set slew of personal records at Mountaineer Open

BOONE, N.C. – The King University men's track and field team had a stellar performance at the 2014 Mountaineer Open at Appalachian State University on Friday and Saturday, with a number of personal records falling and wins in the 400 and 3,000 meter events by Justin Newring and Brent Swiney.

Newring tied his career-best with a 48.94 second performance in the 400 meter dash, outpacing his next-closest competitor by 1.74 seconds. He previously set his career mark last month at the Niswonger Invitational, which was hosted by East Tennessee State University. Newring capped his performance with a second-place finish in the triple jump, coming within .03 meters of tying his career-best mark with a distance of 13.02 meters.

Swiney finished the 3000 meter run in 8:44.68, less than five seconds off his career-best mark set two weeks ago at the Hokie Invitational. He outpaced the competition by over 14 seconds in his only event of the meet. Dickson Kurgat finished fourth in the event, with teammate Tanner Cook coming in fifth.

The Tornado had a series of strong performances in the mile run. Kurgat was the top finisher for King, finishing less than a second behind Lenoir-Rhyne's Zach Millsaps in 4:34.44. Jordan Noe came in .96 seconds behind his teammate to take third, while Cook finished fifth with a time of 4:37.48 in his first time in the event as a collegiate runner. Taylor Dix rounded out the Tornado finishers with an eighth-place time of 4:43.51.

Both Traviunta Trammell and Eric Jones set personal records in the long jump, finishing third and sixth with jumps of 6.77 and 6.72 meters, respectively. Jones finished third and Trammell fourth in the triple jump as well.

Johnathan Dunn set a career mark by over a meter in the weight throw with his seventh-place finish. Jeremy Stamper also had a solid day in the throwing events, finishing fourth in both the weight throw and the shot put.

The Tornado will return to action on February 23 in Winston-Salem, N.C. as the team competes in the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championship.