Alfano, Rahming Keep Shining at Gene Anderson Invitational
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Danielle Alfano broke her own school record in the one-mile race and sophomore Earl Rahming inched even closer to his national qualifying mark with a win in the 400-meter dash to highlight another successful outing for King Track and Field. The men's and women's teams both headed to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete in the Gene Anderson Invitational, hosted by the University of North Carolina.
Alfano, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., finished third in the one-mile race and broke her own school record in the event for the third time this season. She finished with a 5:10.25 time, eclipsing her finish at the Fast Track Invitational by nearly two seconds. Alfano was only six seconds off the pace of the race winner and finished ahead of three fellow Conference Carolinas runners from Barton College and Mount Olive in the process.
Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) edged out Alabama State's Vincent Butler by one-one hundredth of a second to win the 400-meter dash. His time (49.60) set a new personal record, surpassing his previous PR of 49.71 by more than three seconds. For the third straight meet, Rahming has erased more time from his runs toward achieving the national qualifying mark of 49.25 seconds.
Sophomore sprinter Jordan Tippens (Knoxville, Tenn.) also finished inside the top-5 of the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 51.51.
Another school record came crashing down in the men's 3k race when Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) led a strong pack of King runners who took the four through six spots in the event. Frantom finished fourth overall, less than a half-second from the next racer, while breaking the school record with an 8:48.58 time. Freshman Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) and junior Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) finished next in line with 8:53.35 and 8:56.58 times, respectively. Noe also set a personal indoor record with his fifth place finish time.
On the women's side of the 3k, Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) each set personal records while finishing eighth and ninth in the event. Sokol finished with a 10:40.37 time and Ferrell one spot behind her with an 11:04.42 finish.
Maegan Henry (Bluefield, Va.) came within a half foot of the school record with a day-best of 40-feet, three and one-quarter inches (12.27 meters) in the women's weight throw. The freshman finished 11th in a field of 21 hurlers.
Freshmen Forrest Stuart (Appalachia, Va.) and Eric Jones (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men's high jump event. Stuart eclipsed 6.57 meters while Jones had his best jump set at 6.44 meters to lead the strong team finish.
In the men's shot put, Rickey Bell (Advance, N.C.) finished 10th out of 21 throwers and came just short of his personal record. The freshman ended with his best throw registered at 12.83 meters (42-1.25).
In the men's weight throw, Jonathan Outen (Maynardville, Tenn.) advanced to the finals and tossed the rock 13.80 meters (45-03.5 feet), setting a new personal record for the freshman.
Junior sprinter Ashley Ruth (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished ahead of a trio of North Carolina State runners in the 400-meter dash and set a new personal record, clocking in at 1:00.31.
The Tornado will be back in action at the VT Final Qualifier, hosted by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on March 3. They will follow with the NCAA Indoor National Championship (Mankato, Minn.) on March 9-10.