Another week at No. 5 for Tornado Cross Country in Southeast Region

NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College was No. 5 for a third straight week in the latest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, announced Tuesday.

King and the rest of the Top-5 stayed in place once again. Queens (N.C.) University, Columbus State (Ga.) University, Mars Hill (N.C.) College and Mount Olive (N.C.) College all held onto spots one to four, respectively.

New to the ranking this week was UNC Pembroke at No. 6. This is the first time UNC Pembroke has been in a regular season ranking after starting at No. 6 in the preseason ranking.

Lees-McRae (N.C.) College, Clayton State (Ga.) University, Lenoir-Ryne (N.C.) University and Anderson (S.C.) University all were bumped down a spot in the No. 7 to No. 10 slots.

Wingate (N.C.) University was knocked out of the Top-10 for the first time this season.

The last time King raced was at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Oct. 2 where the team finished 17th in a deep field of 34 teams. The Tornado's Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) was able to run to a school-record performance at the event. Spencer Framton (Morristown, Tenn.) also ran past the previous school record time while Taylor Dix (Memphis, Tenn.) added a personal best.

Conference Carolinas, the Peach Belt and South Atlantic Conferences all had three teams each in the Top-10. King was the only independent in any of the eight regional rankings. Queens, Mount Olive and Lees-McRae came from Conference Carolinas. Columbus State led the Peach Belt teams including UNC Pembroke and Clayton State. The South Atlantic placed Mars Hill, Lenoir-Rhyne and Anderson in the ranking.

Next for King will be the Royal Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. The racer will be on the same course as the NCAA Division II Southeast Region scheduled for Nov. 20.

The next regional ranking will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 19.