SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Friday night, the King University men's cross country team opened their 2013 season at the Eye Opener Invitational hosted by Division I USC Upstate. It appeared as though the Tornado were in midseason form as they finished first among Division II teams, and placed four runners in the top-10.
Senior Spencer Frantom led the way for the Tornado as he turned in a 3rd place finish overall, and was first among Division II runners with a time of 26:30.14. Jordan Noe finished next with a time of 26:46.14 to take fifth overall and sixth in Division II while Dickson Kurgat took sixth overall and seventh in Division II with a time of 26:46.80.
In his first collegiate meet, freshman Tanner Cook was the final Tornado in the top-10 with a time of 26:59, placing him ninth overall and 10th in Division II. Brent Swiney wasn't far behind this group as he turned in an 11th place finish overall and 12th in Division, narrowly missing the top-10 with time of 27:05.
King is the second ranked team it the Southeast Region, and finished first among Division II teams, edging out Mars Hill College who is ranked fourth in the region.
"I am pleased with the 1-5 spread of our men. There was only 25 seconds between our number one runner and our number five runner," commented head coach Peter Dalton. "Our pack is really strong this year."
The Tornado will have a week off before competing at the Virginia Tech Invitational on September 20.