Frantom Sets New School Record At Clemson Classic

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Cross Country made its way and left an impact at the Clemson Classic (Clemson, S.C.). Led by sophomore Spencer Frantom and junior Danielle Beauvais, King featured three runners in the top half of their respective races.

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Frantom finished 29th in a field of 132 runners with a time of 25:01.00 in the men's 8k run, leading all King runners in both time and top finish. His time now ranks him tops in school history, beating out teammate Naseem Haje's (Hagerstown, Md.) time of 25:45.00 set at the Royal Cross Country Challenge last year in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has now finished atop the King leader boards in each of the Tornados' two races this season.

Haje finished just 53 seconds behind Frantom with a 25:54.21 clocked time. Finishing with a time of 26:13.93, freshman Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) came in 74th place, a vast improvement from his debut race. The men's team placed ninth out of 12 teams, edging out Conference Carolinas opponent Erskine by 58 points and a better average team time of 43.21 better than the Flying Fleet.

The Lady Tornado were led by Beauvais (23:06.63), who finished 47th overall in the women's 6k race. Five King runners finished in a pack between 60th and 73rd. Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished with a time of 24:00.87 with Mariah Arnold (24:01.17), Hannah Witt (24:31.75), Evan Ferrell (24:42.68) and Danielle Alfano (25:04.25) also comprising the pack.

The women as a squad finished eighth out of 12 teams, finishing behind Division I member Georgia Tech and beating out both Conference Carolinas schools, Converse and Erskine.

Both the men's and women's teams came into the race ranked second in the Southeast region, based on the preseason poll. Week 1 regional rankings will be released on Sept. 20.

King will next compete in the Greater Louisville Classic (Louisville, Ky.) on Oct. 1.