NEW ORLEANS, La. - Three King College cross country athletes were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region runners, the organization announced Tuesday.
For the national qualifying Lady Tornado squad, senior Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) finished eighth in Saturday's NCAA Division II Southeast Championship. Close behind in 13th was Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.). Nelson ran the 6-kilometer layout in 22 minutes and 12.4 seconds. Beauvais finished at the 22:45.9 mark.
From the Tornado group, Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) was 11th on Saturday to close out his sophomore season. He needed 31:47.3 to run the 10-kilometer course and earn All-Region honors.
Athletes of member schools that finished in the top 15 individually at one of the eight regional sites earned the honor.
A total of 35 schools were represented on the women's side while 57 schools placed someone as an All-Region runner on the men's side. In addition 32 schools, including King, placed runners on both the men's and women's All-Region lists. Adams State's men led the nation with seven runners earning All-Region honors. Grand Valley State's men followed with six.
On the women's side, Grand Valley State bested the field with six honorees, followed by Chico State, Adams State, Shippensburg, and Stonehill which had five apiece.
King will send the Lady Tornado team to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Dec. 4 in Louisville, Ky., at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The Lady Tornado, under the direction of head coach Peter Dalton, used a second-place team finish to secure King's first NCAA Division II National Championship appearance in school history. This is the first season for the Tornado and Lady Tornado squads to compete as a NCAA Division II institution. The Tornado was just on the outside finishing fourth in the team standings at Saturday's region event.