Women’s Track & Field Tabbed to Finish Third

Women’s Track & Field Tabbed to Finish Third
Conference Carolinas released its 2013 Women's Track & Field Preseason Coaches' rankings. King was selected to finish third overall.

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas release the 2013 Women's Track and Field Preseason Coaches' Poll on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The Lady Tornado were selected to finish third overall in the poll, following up a third place finish in last year's Track & Field Championships.

The duo of Shelbie Burchfield and Maegan Henry helped King to a third place finish in last year's conference championships after a season's worth of strong performances in field and throwing events, respectively. Henry, the reigning Women's Freshman of the Year, is primed for another strong season after breaking the school record in the shot put (13.33m). Burchfield reached the NCAA provisional qualifying mark (1.68m) in the women's high jump last season and is ready to make the leap into the 2012-13 season.

Long jump champion Tia Keitt (5.46m) will help lead in the field events along with Burchfield while the distance runners will be led by senior Hannah Witt, last year's 10,000-meter winner (39:03.22). King has all five of its All-Region honorees, combining for 10 awards, returning for the 2012-13 season.

Mount Olive topped the chart, edging out Limestone for the top spot. The Trojans received four of the available eight first-place votes and seek their third consecutive outdoor championship. Limestone finished ahead of King by a mere three points and received three first-place votes. The Lady Tornado received one first-place vote.

Rounding out the women's track & field preseason poll is Lees-McRae, Belmont Abbey, Barton, Queens (N.C.), and North Greenville, respectively.

After competing at the Appalachian Invitational on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the Lady Tornado will jump back into action on Jan. 18-19 at the Niswonger Invite hosted by East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.).


2013 Women's Track & Field Preseason Poll
(first place votes) 


Mount Olive

46 (4)



42 (3)



39 (1)





Belmont Abbey






Queens (N.C.)



North Greenville