September 20, 2011

King Men’s and Women’s XC Maintain Regional Ranking

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its first regional rankings of the season today. King College men's and women's cross country have both been named the No. 2 teams in the Southeast region.


Click here for the USTFCCCA release


Both King teams were named second in the region in the men's and women's preseason polls, released in late August. They currently sit behind Conference Carolinas foe, Queens College (N.C.), who was voted first in both this week's and the preseason poll.

Helping the Tornado to their second place regional ranking were performances by Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) and Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.) in last week's Clemson Open. Beauvais led all King female runners with a 47th place finish in the 6k race while Frantom set a new school record for clocking the fastest 8k time (25:01.00), passing current teammate Naseem Haje, and finished 27th overall. Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) also performed admirably finishing 63rd and finishing just 53 seconds behind Frantom.

"It truly is an honor to be ranked second in the region, but we don't want to become complacent," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "We are looking forward to working hard toward the championship segment of our season."

Both teams showed great progression from race one to last week showing improvement in five of their eight runners on the men's side, and two freshmen set new personal records in just their second collegiate races. Three runners on the women's side place in the top half of the competition at Clemson.

"The freshmen have really adapted well to the training and racing at the college level. Their progression in both is evident," said Dalton.

The Tornado will have a weekend off before heading to Louisville, Ky. on Oct. 1 to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic.