WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The King University women's track and field team finished third of nine teams at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships following a solid team effort. The Tornado were led by Eliza Parker, who won the 3,000 meters and Maegan Henry who won both the shot put and weight throw.
Henry repeated as conference champion in both shot put and weight throw, posting marks of 13.95 meters and 15.75 meters, respectively. Her mark of 13.95 meters in the shot put also gave her an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Parker started her day by taking second in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 18:33.64, before winning the 3,000 meter run later in the day. She posted a 3,000 meter time of 10:45.71, winning the event by nearly five seconds. Amelia Martin and Lilly Hall also scored points for the Tornado in the 3,000 meters. Martin took fourth with a time of 11:04.77, and Hall finished in 11:33.01, taking eighth. Earlier in the day, the duo finished fifth and sixth in the 5,000 meters with Martin taking fifth place in 19:35.30 while Hall crossed the finish line in 19:35.87, giving her sixth.
The distance medley relay team of Maddy Carmody, Jordan Jennings, Abbi Pierce and Maggie Edwards won the event with a time of 13:21.45. Alexis Robinson qualified for the finals in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.03 seconds before taking fifth in the finals with a time of 8.05 seconds. Jennings scored points for King the 400 meters with a time of 59.56 seconds to take fourth.
Carmody and Carly Griffith scored points for the Tornado in the 800 meters, taking fourth and sixth, respectively. Carmody finished in 2:28.85 while Griffith finished with a time of 2:32.71. In the 200 meters, Jennings and Tia Nelson finished seventh and eighth times of 26.89 and 26.94 seconds, respectively.
Both Parker and Martin added to the Tornado point total with third and sixth place finishes in the mile. Parker finished in 5:25.25, taking third while Martin took sixth at 5:38.91. The 4x400 meter relay team of Nelson, Shelbie Burchfield, Sidney Jackson and Jennings took sixth with a time of 4:17.16.
In the field events, Christina Atkinson scored points for King with a shot put of 10.53 meters while Burchfield and Bree Cassidy scored points in the high jump. Burchfield finished third, clearing 1.55 meters while Cassidy took eighth at 1.45 meters. Whitney Roberts and Lindsey Burnett finished sixth and eighth in the long jump with leaps of 4.75 and 4.68 meters, respectively. Roberts then took seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 10.32 meters.
The Tornado finished third in the conference with 107 points while the University of Mount Olive finished first with 157 points. Limestone College took second with 109 points, and Barton College finished fourth with 79 points.
With Henry's NCAA provisional qualifying time, she has a chance to make the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on March 13-14. She will have to wait to see how many automatic qualifiers there are to see if she will compete at the championships.