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King University News :: Lady Tornado Track & Field picks up Southeast Region crown

Hickory, N.C. - King College won the 2011 Southeast Regional Track Field Championship on the women's side at the event held in Hickory, N.C. thanks to numerous victories, personal bests and school records.

King scored 138 points, 14 in front of UNC Pembroke. Anderson (S.C.) was third thanks to 117.5 points. On the men's side UNC Pembroke took the top spot with 129 points. Mars Hill (N.C.) College finished second with 122.5 points. King was seventh after scoring 49 points in the 20 events, two better than host Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University.

King competed in the region event in the school's first year as a NCAA Division II member and defeated teams from Conference Carolinas, the Peach Belt and South Atlantic conferences for the region crown.

Carrie Nelson won the 10,000-meter dash in 38 minutes and 46.27 seconds to lower the school record. Kendra Sokol was right behind her a second off first. Hannah Witt finished seventh thanks to her time of 41:22.59. Sokol led King's charge in the 5,000 with a second-place run as she crossed the finish line at the 19:00.33 mark. Nelson was third and Danielle Beauvais fourth. King had four of the top eight to gain points in the 5,000.

Beauvais ran to a runner-up finish in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:44.20 to break the school record. Evan Ferrell was seventh in the same race.

Earl Rahming was first in the 400 with a 48.09 time in the event, 0.02 ahead of second. Shavar Watson was fourth after a time of 50.59 and Ryan Williamson finished sixth. Watson was fifth in the 200 to lead the King charge. Rahming finished seventh overall in the 200.

Shontella Smith was third in the triple jump with a 34 feet and two inches jump which was her third attempt and an inch from second. She added fourth in the long jump with her second jump of 17 feet and 3.5 inches which was a new school record. Lanneickia Brewton finished fifth with her best long jump covering 16 feet and 8.75 inches.

Brewton ran to second in the 200 thanks to a 25.96 second performance.

The duo joined Jill Hooker and Kelsey Moyher for a third-place finish in the 400-relay thanks to a time of 49.52 in the lap event. Hooker added a seventh-place run in the 200.

Ashley Ruth was runner-up in the 400 with a 59.63 second performance as she broke the minute barrier for the first time.

Later in the 1,600 relay Brewton, Ruth, Hooker and Rachel Wingard won thanks to a time of 4:02.97, nine seconds in front of Clayton State (Ga.). It was the fastest time of the season for the Lady Tornado.

Ashtan Hibar used a 37 feet and four inch toss in the shot put to finish fifth. She also threw the discus 104 feet and eight inches for sixth. Cheyenne Thornsberry finished eighth in both the shot and discus with personal bests in both.

Callie Todt personal best in the 400 hurdles with a time of

Emily Reynolds scored points with a personal best in the triple jump.

Daniel Hamilton covered the 10,000 in 32:49.63 for a fourth-place finish and a new school record

In the 5,000 Spencer Frantom was fourth with a run of 15:41.00, almost five seconds ahead of Naseem Haje in fifth.

Diverne Ingraham ran the 100 final in 11.04 to post a sixth-place performance.

Justin Humphreys needed 4:07.84 to run the 1,500 and finish seventh.

King will run at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier May 5 in Lynchburg, Va.