BRISTOL, Tenn. – The 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday, Nov. 3. The newly minted Conference Carolinas Champion Lady Tornado cross country team will join the men in Charlotte, N.C. to vie for one of the top three positions that will continue their season at the NCAA National Championships in Joplin, Mo. The first race will begin at 10 a.m. at McAlpine Creek Park.
The Conference Carolinas champion women's cross country team will be paced by junior Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett H.S.) who placed second overall at the conference championships to lead the Lady Tornado. Her time of 19:18.50 on the 5k course was just nine second off the pace of the event winner and was one of three top-10 finishes for King.
Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) and Eliza Parker (Oswego, N.Y.) were the second and third top-10 finishers on the squad. Ferrell finished fifth overall with a 19:57.30 time with Parker following closely behind in their pack, breaking 20 minutes and finishing sixth (19:59.08). King after Tabby Arwood crossed the line in 15th position, the Lady Tornado sealed their first conference championship in the sport, finishing first of 12 teams with 42 points. All five runners earned All-Conference honors with a top-15 placing.
The men's team featured the 2012 Conference Carolinas individual champion with sophomore Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) who finished the 8k course in 25:39.78 for his second collegiate win of his career and second straight victory, both coming on the same course. Teammate and fellow Morristown, Tenn. native Spencer Frantom helped seal a 1-2 finish for the Tornado, finishing just nine seconds behind Noe. Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya) supported the team with an eighth place finish (26:29.57). King's fourth and fifth runners held their own when Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Va.) and Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) placed 16th and 18th overall. King took second overall on the men's side behind Mount Olive.
Regional rankings released Oct. 27 following the conference championships bumped the Lady Tornado from fourth place in the Southeast Region to second overall. The men's squad dropped from second to fourth. The top three team finishers at the 2012 Southeast Regional Championship will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship, held in Joplin, Mo., on Nov. 17.
Saturday's races will be help at McAlpine Creek Park (Charlotte, N.C.) and be hosted by Queens University of Charlotte. The first gun will go off for the men's 10,000-meter race at 10 a.m. while the women's 6,000-meter race will commence at 11 a.m. The regional championship home page can be found by clicking here.