HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is proud to announce the Fall Scholar Athletes of the Year as recently voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee. This prestigious award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding academic and athletic achievements. King's Spencer Frantom was named the Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year after a fantastic season that landed him at the NCAA National Championships.
King College's Spencer Frantom helped the men's cross country team make its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship appearance with a strong second place finish at the Southeast Regional Championship meet on Nov. 3. On that day, the Morristown, Tenn. native crossed the finish line in 31:50.6 on the 10k course in Charlotte, N.C. He led all Tornado runners that day and helped the team finish third overall, punching their ticket to nationals.
At the Division II National Championship on Nov. 17, Frantom eclipsed his regional time by more than a full minute and just missed out on All-American honors. The junior placed 43rd overall at the national meet, hosted by Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, Mo.), and set a new school 10k record (30:31.3). He again led all Tornado runners and helped King place 27th overall as a team in their first trip to the sports' highest level of collegiate competition.
Each school submits candidates that are the best of the best for the conference from their sport while meeting certain qualifications for nomination. The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Team that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.
Complete list of Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Men's Cross Country – Spencer Frantom, King
Women's Cross Country – Amber Thompson, Mount Olive
Women's Soccer – Mary Dorn, Lees-McRae
Men's Soccer – James Sweeney, Coker
Women's Volleyball – Kay Schellenberg, Belmont Abbey
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