CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Friday afternoon, the King University women's cross country team turned in one of their best performances of the season as each of King's top-5 runners set personal records at the Royal Cross Country Challenge. For the second week in a row, Hannah Witt set a new school record, leading the Tornado to a sixth place finish in a meet that had 45 teams.
Witt finished third in a field of more than 200 runners with a time of 17:22.6, obliterating the 5k record she set a week ago by 43 seconds. Her time was also the first time in King history that was under the 18 minute mark. Evan Ferrell came in next with a new personal best of 19:00.1, besting her previous fastest time of 19:57 that she posted last season.
Kendra Sokol topped her fastest time by 11 seconds, finishing the 5k course in 19:07.3. Eliza Parker posted a career-best time of 19:22.1 while freshman Tiffany Gargiulo posted her first time under 20 minutes with a time of 19:41.6.
The Tornado finished sixth at the event, just behind UNC Pembroke who is ranked ahead of King in the latest regional rankings. Last week the Tornado were ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings while UNC Pembroke and Mount Olive College ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. King also finished ahead of conference foe Mount Olive.
King will have a week off before they try to repeat as Conference Carolinas champions at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The meet is scheduled to take place on October 25 in Concord, N.C.