Faster school record for King's Nelson at Royal XC Challenge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The King College women's cross country school record was lowered for a second straight event as Carrie Nelson ran to the mark Friday at the Royal Cross Country Challenge.

Nelson, a senior from Independence, Va., covered the 5k course in 18 minutes and 17.6 seconds. She ran the event 19 seconds faster than her school record set two weeks ago as she finished 17th overall and was the third highest NCAA Division II finisher.

Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.) lowered her personal best by three seconds after running 18:52.2 Friday. 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 event in 19:37.3 while Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) crossed the finish line at the 19:49.7 mark.

In the team results King was 10th ahead of Southeast Region foes Columbus State (Ga.) University, Augusta State (Ga.) University, Anderson (S.C.) University, Mount Olive (N.C.) College and Clayton State (Ga.) University who finished 11th to 15th, respectively. The Lady Tornado also beat NCAA Division I Charleston Southern (S.C.) University. Florida State University won the team crown, ahead of UNC Greensboro and Georgia Tech.

The race was contested at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. which has been home to the Footlocker High School Southeast Championship and will serve as the 2010 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship on Nov. 20. Next for the Tornado squad will be the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 5.