Cross Country Nearly Perfect in Pre-Conference Meet Sweep
CONCORD, N.C. – Jordan Noe earned his first career win with the King Tornado while helping guide the men's team to a near-perfect score and a first place finish at Friday's Pre-Conference Championship meet. The women's team completed the sweep with King's second first place team finish behind Evan Ferrell's team-leading time. The event took place at historic Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C. and was hosted by Belmont Abbey College.
Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) took the individual title in the Pre-Conference Championship meet for the first time in his career with King, also marking the first time the sophomore was the team's leading finisher. Noe crossed the finish line in front of all other competitors with a time of 16:10 on the 5k course.
King continued its long run of successes on the day by taking six of the top seven overall individual positions. The Tornado controlled the top three spot with junior Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) finishing second, just two seconds behind Noe. Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) took the third overall position with a time of 16:21.
The youth of the men's team continued to bring in the successes, taking the fifth through seventh overall positions in the results.
Freshman Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) was the fourth King harrier to clock in a sub-17-minute time at 16:57, good for fifth overall. Sophomore Jordan Smith (17:02) finished sixth overall while freshman Garrett Watts finished seventh, one second behind Smith.
With King taking six of the top seven spots, the Tornado nearly posted a flawless score in their first place team finish. King scored 17 points in Friday's meet, just two points shy from achieving perfection (15 points).
Trailing King in the team standings was Barton (62), Coker (69), and Lees-McRae (87), respectively.
The Lady Tornado shared in similar successes, also placing first in the team standings.
Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) placed third overall to lead the team with a 15:21 run on the 4k course. Her finish marks the first time the junior was the top finisher for King in her career.
Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett H.S.) crossed the line fourth overall with a 15:24 time, just three seconds behind Farrell. Freshman Eliza Parker (Oswego, N.Y.) finished seventh overall at 16:09, while senior Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.) rounded out the list of top-10 individual finishers with a 16:42 run.
Freshman Tabitha Arwood kept pace with Beauvais, just missing the top-10 with her 11th place finish and a 4k run time of 16:47.
King finished first overall, tallying 27 points and beating out the competition by nearly twice as few points as the next team.
Barton earned its second, second place team finish with 55 points on the women's side. Lees-McRae (73) came in third place while Queens (N.C.) placed fourth with 78 points.
"Both teams are really responding well to the training," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "Their results today definitely showed that they are focused on what we have been preparing for all season long, the conference and regional competitions with aspirations of advancing to nationals. They all ran great races today and we look forward to returning to Concord for the conference championships."
Recent King graduate Danielle Alfano ran the race unattached from all schools and won the women's race with a 15:10 time.
Full results will be available at a later time.
King will compete in the Conference Carolinas Championships, held on Oct. 19. The championship will be held where Friday's meet took place, Frank Liske Park, in Concord, N.C. and begin at 8 a.m.