Tornado Cross Country No. 5 in USTFCC Southeast ranking

NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College moved back into the Top-5 in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, the organization announced Wednesday.

King was No. 6 a week ago and despite not racing the Tornado moved up a spot. Clayton State (Ga.) University went from No. 5 to No. 7 while Wingate (N.C.) University slipped a spot to No. 8. Lees-McRae (N.C.) College leaped from No. 8 to No. 6.

The other six teams in the Top-10 remained in place. Queens (N.C.) University, Columbus State (Ga.) University, Mars Hill (N.C.) College and Mount Olive (N.C.) College were ranked from No. 1 to No. 4, respectively.  Anderson (S.C.) University and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University held onto spots No. 9 and No. 10.

The South Atlantic Conference had four in the Top-10, led by Mars Hill. Wingate, Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne made up the rest of the South Atlantic schools in the ranking. Conference Carolinas had the top squad with Queens followed by Mount Olive and Lees-McRae. Columbus State and Clayton State came from the Peach Belt Conference while King was the only independent squad.

King returns to action Saturday at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.