WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – This weekend's Hilton Garden Invitational allowed multiple King athletes to keep warm despite the snowy outdoor conditions. Hannah Witt and Spencer Frantom heightened the temperature around the tracks with blazing speeds in their respective events to bring victory and topple school records. Multiple members of both Tornado teams set new personal records in their final meet before the first-ever Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Junior Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) earned a victory in the women's 5,000-meter run and at the same time surpassed the provisional national qualifying mark. She crossed the finish line in 17:27 (adjusted) which also toppled to standing school record. This is the second school record she has broken in as many weeks after setting the new benchmark in the women's 3,000-meter run (10:23.78) at last week's Liberty Open.
Spencer Frantom, a junior from Morristown, Tenn., set a new conference best in the men's 5,000-meter run. His sixth place finish in 15:13.59 is now tops in Conference Carolinas meanwhile setting a new school and personal record in the event.
Tia Nelson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also set a new conference best in the women's 200m dash. In a field of over 90 runners, the freshman finished in the top third of the competition with a time of 26.32. Her time was good for 29th position in the final standings.
King dressed four to compete in the women's shot put and three set new personal records with their throws. Freshman Kayla Gash (Cleveland, Tenn.) hit 10.24 meters while Shayla Goins and Melissa Arnold hit 9.07m and 8.86m, respectively. Maegan Henry (Bluefield, Va.) was the top King finisher in the event with an 18th place finish on an 11.76m toss.
On the men's side of the shot put, sophomore Tom Lampkin (Troy Grove, Ill.) and sophomore Johnathan Dunn (Bland, Va.) also set new PRs. Lampkin rounded out the top-10 with a distance of 10.02m. Dunn placed 12th with a best throw of 9.40m.
Freshman Brent Swiney also set a new personal record in the men's 3,000-meter run after placing 24th (8:58.05) in a field of over 60 runners.
The Hilton Garden Invitational served as the final meet before the first Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships. The championships will be held in Winston Salem, N.C. as part of an ongoing JDL Fast Track event on Feb. 16.