February 16, 2011

Six Lady Tornado athletes on USTFCCCA All-Academic team

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College women's cross country team placed six athletes on the 2010 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Division II All-Academic Cross Country squad.

Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.), Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.), Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.), Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) were all among the 313 students athletes honored.

The six Lady Tornado runners ranked as the second most from any of the 115 institution on the list. Only Slippery Rock, the University of Mary and Western State had more with seven honorees apiece. King and four other schools tied with five on the list.

Nelson and Beauvais were NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region winners and helped King to a second-place finish in the region championship in November which led to the institution's first NCAA Division II National Championship. At the nationals King ran to a 22nd place finish in early December.

The USTFCCCA award was the second straight national academic award for Nelson as she was on the NCCAA Scholar-Athlete list in 2009.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.