Lady Tornado uses fast times for Top 5 at Greater Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The King College women's cross country team posted a fifth-place finish as a team at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic Saturday as the Lady Tornado was able to run past teams from the Southeast region thanks to a hosts of personal bests including a school record.

King, ranked No. 6 in the previous U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Southeast Region ranking was able to beat Augusta State (Ga.) University and Anderson (S.C.) University Saturday, who was ranked No. 5 and No. 4, respectively in the ranking. Augusta State crossed the finish line as a team in 16th while Anderson was 22nd in a field of 34 teams.

The Lady Tornado runners had an average of 19 minutes and 16 seconds. The King runners' average was faster than Columbus State (Ga.) University who was No. 1 in the Southeast ranking, but ran in a different race Saturday.

Overall King scored 224 points, eight behind NCAA Division I University of Evansville (Ind.). Grand Valley State (Mich.) University, No. 2 in the USTFCC NCAA Division II ranking, won the race with 75 points, 99 better than Emory (Ga.) University.

Leading the charge was Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) with a school-record time of 18:36.27. The senior finished sixth in the field and lowered previous school record by 23 seconds.

Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.) also ran to a personal best with a time of 18:55.89, 26 seconds faster than her previous personal best from earlier in 2010. She finished 21st in the race thanks to her first sub-19 minute race.

Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) ran the race in 19:34. which was 1:57 faster than her first college race earlier this season. The freshman jumped to No. 6 on King's All-Time Top-10 list.

Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) was not far behind her teammate with a time of 19:35.67. Her time landed her at No. 7 on the school's fastest times.

Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also lowered her personal best from 20:26 to 19:40.86 which also moved her to No. 8 on the Lady Tornado's All-Time Top-10.

The teams ran on the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park which will serve as the venue for the 2010 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship and will be the site for this year's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship and the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Next for King will be the Royal Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 15. The racer will be on the same course as the NCAA Division II Southeast Region scheduled for Nov. 20.