BRISTOL, Tenn. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association have released the 2011 Scholar Team lists among NCAA Division II teams. The King College men's and women's cross country teams earned their way onto each respective list with their top-notch academic marks.
The Lady Tornado harriers put together a cumulative team grade points average of 3.27 and were one of 124 Division II teams over 23 conferences to reach the mark. King was one of four Conference Carolinas schools to achieve the feat on the women's side.
The men's cross country team was one of two Conference Carolinas schools to comprise the list of 84 programs. King registered a 3.20 cumulative team GPA, representing the highest in the conference to qualify for the honor.
"To have one team on this nationally-recognized list is certainly an accomplishment but to have both teams represented well on this list is a true testament to the hard work the student-athletes of this program put both on and off of the track," said Head Coach Peter Dalton.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All‐Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have tallied a team score at the NCAA Regional Championships.
The announcement comes a week after four King cross country members were named to the individual USTFCCCA All-Academic Team including Naseem Haje, Kendra Sokol, Evan Farrell, and Danielle Beauvais. On the track, the men's team finished third while the women finished fourth at the Southeast Regional meet held in November. Five harriers were named to the 2011 All-Region team after their performances at regionals.