October 4, 2013

Men finish second in tough Division I field

BOONE, N.C. – Spencer Frantom paced the King University men's cross country team to a second place finish at the Mountaineer Open as he finished 14th. The Tornado finished in second place behind only Virginia Tech.

Frantom finished in 14th place overall with time of 25:47.96, and has been King's top finisher in all three events this season. His time in Friday's meet was the sixth-fastest time in school history. Dickson Kurgat finished in 25:57.55, the first time in the junior's career that he has run a sub-26:00 time and good for eighth place in King's all-time record book.

The Tornado also enjoyed a breakthrough performance from sophomore Brent Swiney. The Tornado's third-place finisher, Swiney bested his previous personal record by an impressive 32 seconds to finish in 26:15.23. His time was King's 14th-fastest on record.

"The men continue to pack run impressively," said head coach Peter Dalton. The spread between the Tornado's top five runners was just 47 seconds.

The Tornado were defeated by only Virginia Tech, which tallied a perfect score. King finished ahead of fellow Division II team Lenoir-Rhyne University and Division I opponents UNC-Asheville, Elon, College of Charleston, and Wofford.

King next competes this Friday at the Royal Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, N.C.