November 5, 2012

Four Named to All-Region Team by USTFCCCA

Following Saturday's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships, four King harriers were named to the All-Region Team.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After the completion of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 3, four King cross country runners were named to the 2012 Southeast All- Region Team as a result of their performances. Kendra Sokol represented the Lady Tornado while the trio of Spencer Frantom, Jordan Noe, and Dickson Kurgat represented the men's team.

The national-qualifying men's cross country team featured three individuals on the All-Region Team. Junior Spencer Frantom was the first half of a 1-2 combination that lead King toward advancing to the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Morristown, Tenn. native finished the 10k course at McAlpine Creek Park (Charlotte, N.C.) second overall with a time of 31:50.6.

Sophomore Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) finished six second of the pace of his teammate to lead the Tornado at the front of the pack of 168 runners. He completed the course third overall with a time of 31:56.3. Both runners improved their times from the 2011 Southeast Regional Championships by at least 30 seconds, each.

Sophomore Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) completed the set of male runners named to the All-Region Team, finishing 15th overall with a time of 32:35.7.

Behind the three All-Region honorees' performance, the King men's cross country team finished third overall at the Regional Championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships for the first time in program history. The meet will be held in Joplin, Mo. on Nov. 17. and hosted by Missouri Southern State University.

"Spencer [Frantom], Jordan [Noe], and Dickson [Kurgat] deserve this All-Region honor," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "It's a huge achievement to be named among the region's best."

This marks the second time both Frantom and Noe were named to the All-Region Team in their careers after finishing last year's championships 13th and 14th, respectively. This is Kurgat's first such honor of his career in his first year running with the Tornado.

On the women's side, Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett H.S.) represented King with her second All-Region award of her career. She finished the women's 6,000-meter course in 23:05.3 to lead the Lady Tornado to a fourth place finish.

"Kendra has worked smart and hard this season," continued Dalton. "This honor along with her All-Conference Team selection and her individual conference runner-up finish shows how diligent and talented she is."

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recognized nearly 400 athletes that earned All-Region awards for cross country in Division II following this weekend's NCAA Regional Championships. Athletes of member schools that finished in the top 25 individually at one of the eight regional sites earned the honor.

The USTFCCCA will release the final regular-season national coaches' rankings of the season in Division II on Wednesday, Nov. 7. In addition, regional athletes and coaches of the year will be named Wednesday.