October 26, 2010

King Women's Cross Country keeps No. 2 region ranking

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College women's cross country was No. 2 once again in the newest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region ranking, the national organization announced Tuesday.

King has the No. 2 ranking for a fourth straight week. The No. 2 ranking is important down the stretch as the Southeast Region will send the top two teams from the Nov. 20 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship to the NCAA Division II National Championship on Dec. 4 in which King will try to qualify for in the program's first season as NCAA Division II member.

The Top-5 teams in the region were the same this week, Queens (N.C.) University of Charlotte was No. 1 with King No. 2. Columbus State (Ga.) University, Augusta State (Ga.) University and Anderson (S.C.) University were placed from No. 3 to No. 5, respectively.

UNC Pembroke made the biggest move in the region, going from No. 9 to No. 6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University, Mount Olive (N.C.) College and Clayton State (Ga.) University were all knocked down a spot from No. 7 to No. 9. Georgia College and State University came back into the Top-10 at No. 10. Wingate (N.C.) University was removed from the Top-10.

Half of the region ranking was filled by teams from the Peach Belt Conference, Columbus State, Augusta State, UNC Pembroke, Clayton State and Georgia College and State. Conference Carolinas and the South Atlantic Conference both had two teams apiece. Conference Carolinas put Queens and Mount Olive in the ranking. Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne were from the South Atlantic. Once again King was the only independent squad from any of the eight regions.

King was able to see the course that the Southeast Region will be contested on at the Royal Cross Country Challenge the last time out on Oct. 15. The Lady Tornado finished 10th in the team standings as the squad had five runners break the 20-minute mark for a second-straight event. Overall King's margin from the No. 1 to No. 5 runners was just one minute and 32 seconds and the team's average time was 19:13.2 on the 5k course.

At the Royal Cross Country Challenge, Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) broke her school record for a second straight race with a time of 18:17.6, 19 seconds faster than her previous program record. She finished third among NCAA Division II runners in the field and 17th overall.

Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.) lowered her personal best by three seconds after running 18:52.2. An 11-second personal best is how Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) performed with her time of 19:29.4.

Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) ran the Royal Cross Country Challenge in 19:37.3 while Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) crossed the finish line at the 19:49.7 mark.

Coming up for King will be the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. on Nov. 5.

The next regional ranking will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 2.