BOONE, N.C. – When the King University women's track and field team opened the new season, it seemed as though Maegan Henry didn't skip a beat from last season. The senior broke her own school record in the shot put, and posted an NCAA provision qualifying mark in the process at the Appalachian State Open.
Henry started her weekend on Friday night with a fifth place finish in the weight throw with mark of 15.05 meters, and she improved on that in the shot put on Saturday. Her mark of 13.68 meters shattered the previous school record of 13.49 meters by nearly 0.20 meters. That distance also gave her an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Fellow senior Shelbie Burchfield also had a solid meet for the Tornado, matching her school record in the high jump with a leap of 1.62 meters to take second place. In the long jump, Whitney Roberts set a personal record with a jump of 4.95 meters. Senior Tia Nelson posted a solid 55 meter dash time of 7.58 seconds to set a new personal best.
In her first collegiate event, Jordan Jennings turned in a solid effort in the 400 meters, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:00.70. The 4x400 meter relay team of Nelson, Carly Griffith, Lindsey Burnett and April Thomas finished first with a time of 4:15.59.
King will be in action on January 16-17 at the East Tennessee State University Classic.