WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The King University men's track and field team used outstanding performances by its usual cast of heroes to turn in a fourth place at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships on Sunday afternoon.
Justin Newring continued his stellar season, winning the 400 meter dash in 49.65 seconds, beating the field by over a tenth of a second. He also won the 200 meter dash in 22.02 seconds, earning 20 team points in the two events. He capped his day with a personal record of 13.45 meters in the triple jump to earn the Tornado an additional two points.
Reggie Warren set a new personal record of 6.94 seconds in the 60 meter dash, reaching a significant milestone with his first-ever sub-seven second performance in a second-place effort that left him just .04 seconds shy of North Greenville's Devin Wannamaker. His previous personal best was 7.09 seconds.
Warren also finished third in the 200 meter dash in 22.48 seconds, combining with Newring's effort and Jordan Tipens' sixth-place finish in 23.40 seconds to earn the Tornado 17 points in the event. Tippens also scored two points with a fifth-place finish in 51.92 seconds in the 400 meter dash, setting season-best marks in both events.
The men's 4x400 relay team of Warren, Tippens, Jordan Noe, and Newring finished second overall to Belmont Abbey in 3:28.96, picking up eight team points and narrowly missing the top spot in the event by just .11 seconds.
Distance runner Jordan Smith, also a member of the cross country team, scored two valuable team points with a personal record time of 15:40.73 in the 5,000 meter run to finish in fifth place. Freshman Tanner Cook finished in sixth and earned one point for his 16:03.35 performance.
The Tornado also excelled in the throwing events. Jeremy Stamper set a personal record in the weight throw with his second-place toss of13.50 meters to score eight team points. He also finished second in the shot put with a distance of 13.82 meters, while Ryan Hardin's personal record of 11.04 meters earned him ninth place in the event.
Tom Lamkin picked up four points with a 12.64 meter toss in the weight throw to set a personal best. Johnathan Dunn also performed well in the weight throw, finishing eighth and tying his personal record in the event at 11.78 meters. Andy Lai bested his career mark in the event with a ninth-place performance of 11.71 meters.
Another personal record fell to Eric Jones, who won the long jump with a distance of 6.81 meters and picked up another 10 Tornado points.
The University of Mount Olive won the indoor championship with 131 team points. North Greenville University was the runner-up with 109 points. Limestone College scored 86 points to finish in third place, just two points ahead of fourth-place King. Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, and Lees-McRae College rounded out the event's participants.
Next up for the Tornado will be the NCAA Last Chance meet, hosted by Virginia Tech on March 7. The NCAA Division II Indoor Championship will take place in Winston-Salem, N.C. on March 14 and 15.