CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The King University men's track and field team had a solid day of competition at the Benyon Catamount Classic on the campus of Western Carolina University in its final tune-up before the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championship on April 26.
The Tornado set seven personal records by seven different athletes en route to a sixth-place finish out of 13 competing teams. Justin Newring headlined the Tornado runners with a pair of second-place performances in the 200 and 400 meter events, including a personal record time of 48.48 seconds in the 400. Reggie Warren was King's top finisher in the 100 meter dash, placing fourth with a time of 11.03 seconds.
Taylor Dix and Tanner Cook each set personal records in the 800 meter run with times of 2:00.23 and 2:03.50, respectively. In the 5000 meter run, Jordan Smith finished sixth in 16:04.05 to earn valuable points for the Tornado.
Andy Lai set a personal best mark with a throw of 38.51 meters in the discus. He finished in 10th place in the event. Jeremy Stamper had a toss of 12.28 meters in the shot put which was good for seventh overall. Three different tornado set personal records in the hammer throw, led by Tom Lamkin's throw of 39.97 meters. Stamper finished one spot behind Lamkin in seventh with a throw of 39.68 meters, while Johnathan Dunn also set a personal best with his throw of 32.17 meters.
King also had a handful of competitors travel to the Tennessee Relays on Friday afternoon, which were hosted by the University of Tennessee. The event was headlined by Brent Swiney, who set a new King record and attained and NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:52.25. He broke his own school record by over two seconds that he set at the Raleigh Relays on March 27.
The Tornado will have next weekend off before competing for the conference title at Lees-McRae College on Saturday, April 26. King finished fourth at the event a year ago.