BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Thursday, King University's Spencer Frantom will become the first Tornado student-athlete to participate in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The junior will run the 10,000 meter run in Pueblo, Colo.
"Spencer has worked so hard and diligently the entire year," said coach Peter Dalton. "From leading the men's cross country team to their first ever appearance at an NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championship, to playing a major role in the Indoor Conference Carolinas Championship, Spencer has been a leader by example."
King has had student-athletes post provisional times to qualify for the NCAA Championships, including both Hannah Witt and Maegan Henry this season, however, Frantom is the first to qualify. He earned a place in the 10,000 meter field when he posted a school record time of 30:11.32 at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays on April 26. The Morristown, Tenn., native is also the school record holder in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 14:52.
"Spencer just missed out on an individual All-American honor at the cross country national championships, and I know he will give it everything while representing King again on a national stage," continued Dalton.
The NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships take place May 23-25 at Colorado State University-Pueblo in Pueblo, Colo. The 10,000 meter race will take place on May 23 at 8:50 p.m., (MT), 10:50 p.m. (ET). The city sits 6,500 feet above sea level, so the race will be tough on Frantom and the other competitors.
Live coverage of the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championshps can be found on NCAA.com