The announcement comes just days after the Tornado participated in the Greater Louisville Classic, where both teams excelled on an individual and team level. Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) finished 11th overall in his race and just seconds outside of the top ten. His time of 25:17.94 was just over 15 seconds away from matching his school record-setting performance just two weeks ago at the Clemson Open. Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) finished third on the team, putting together a new personal best time of 26:07.95 in the 8k race. The men as a pack finished 12th out of 33 teams and topped NCAA Division I schools Creighton, East Carolina and Austin Peay.
The Lady Tornado team finished 23rd in a 32-team field and finished ahead of in-state University of Tennessee-Martin and Western Kentucky University. Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.) paced the team with a 19:20.15 time, but the true accomplishment was the improvement on their spread time, dropping more than 40 seconds from their last race and posting a season best 39.71 second differential from first to final King finisher.
“Both teams are really starting to run strong and run together well,” said Head Coach Peter Dalton. “We are really looking forward to the championship part of our season. It is going to be a very exciting finish to the year.”
The top three spots of the Southeast regional rankings remain untouched from a week prior, featuring all Conference Carolinas schools. Queens (N.C.) continues to sit atop the pack in first place while Mount Olive University trails King in third in both the men’s and women’s polls.
The top two finishers in each region poll are awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament held on Nov. 19. The King women’s Cross Country team finished second in the Southeast region a season ago, making them the first Tornado team to advance to a NCAA national tournament in school history after its transition from NAIA in 2010. The men narrowly missed the National Tournament last season, finishing third in the region.
“It is really thrilling to see so many members of Conference Carolinas doing so well in the region,” said Dalton. It is going to make for a very competitive and interesting finish to the season as we head into the regional meet.”
The Tornado teams have completed their regular season schedule and now prepare for the Conference Carolinas Championships, held in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 22. The conference championships serve as the final race before the regional meet held on November 5.