April 26, 2014

Stamper and Newring lead King to fourth at conference championship

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Highlighted by Jeremy Stamper's school-record performance in the shot put and a pair of victories by sprinter Justin Newring, the King University men's track and field team placed fourth at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Lees-McRae College.

Stamper's throw of 14.42 meters in the shot put broke shattered Justin Seaver's eight-year-old mark by .72 meters and was the best in the event by nearly a tenth of a meter. Stamper was one of five Tornado throwers to compete in the shot put, four of whom set personal records. He also scored for the Tornado with a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw.

Tom Lamkin also scored twice for King in throwing events with a runner-up finish in the hammer throw and a third-place mark in the discus that set a new personal record. Andy Lai set a personal best mark and scored by finishing fourth in the discus.

In the sprint events, Newring once again showed the way for the Tornado. He set a new personal record of 21.45 seconds in winning the conference title in the 200 meter dash, then repeated the feat with another personal record time of 48.43 seconds in the 400 meter run. He also swept both events at the conference indoor championships in February. Reggie Warren set personal records in the preliminary heats of both the 100 and 200 meter dashes before finishing second and third, respectively, in the finals of both events to score valuable team points for the Tornado.

Several other Tornado athletes set personal-best marks at the meet. Eric Jones finished second in the long jump at 6.93 meters, while Lai and Johnathan Dunn set personal records in the shot put.

The University of Mount Olive took the overall championship with 172 team points. North Greenville University was second with 129 points. Limestone College narrowly outpaced King for third place, scoring 99 points to finish four ahead of the Tornado. Belmont Abbey College, Barton College, and Lees-McRae College rounded out the field.