February 23, 2014

Parker, Henry lead King to 2nd at conference championships

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The King University women's track and field team entered the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships with hopes of repeating last year's conference title. The Tornado came up just short, finishing second in the field of seven teams, but Eliza Parker and Maegan Henry won a total of five title combined.

Parker started the day by taking her first conference title in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 19:04.46, 30 seconds clear of her next competitor. She followed that with a personal best mile time of 5:20.85 to take the title by nearly two seconds. The senior took her final title of the day in the 3,000 meter run with another personal best time. She crossed the finish line in 10:48.23 to top her next closest competitor by more than eight seconds.

Henry successfully defended her Conference Carolinas weight throw title with a toss of 15.56 meters to win by a whopping 1.55 meters. A season ago, Henry took second place in the shot put, but she wasn't to be denied this year as her toss of 13.34 meters won the event by nearly two meters.

Evan Ferrell also had a good day for the Tornado as she scored points in both the 5,000 meter, and 3,000 meter run. Her 5,000 meter time of 19.39.13 landed her in third place, and she took fourth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 11:11.81.

Alexis Robinson also set a couple of personal records on the day, first in the 60 meter dash prelims, her time of 7.95 seconds set a personal best and qualified her for the finals where she finished fifth with a time of 7.98 seconds. In the 200 meter dash, she finished fourth in and indoor personal record time of 26.49 seconds. Tia Nelson also ran a solid 200 meter race, taking seventh place with a time of 26.72 seconds.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Robinson, Nelson, Lindsey Burnett and Shelbie Burchfield also turned in a good performance, placing sixth with a time of 4:22.84.

In the weight throw, Jaleessa Kennedy, Melissa Arnold and Christina Atkinson all turned in personal record performances. Kennedy's toss of 12.83 landed her in fifth place while Arnold took sixth with a throw of 12.65 meters. Atkinson rounded out the group with a toss of 12.17 meters to place her seventh.

King scored 79.5 points, finishing second behind the University of Mount Olive's 132 points. Limestone College took third with 65 points, and North Greenville University finished fourth with 52 points.

The Tornado will compete at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet on March 7 before the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships are scheduled for March 14-15 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.