Haje and Ragan Named SAAC Student-Athletes of the Month

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has named cross country runner Naseem Haje and women’s wrestler Alli Ragan the Student-Athletes of the Month for November.

Haje, a native of Hagerstown, Md., steadily improved throughout the entire cross country season but shined the brightest in the NCAA Division II regional championship on Nov. 5. In the 10k race held in Charlotte, N.C., Haje finished inside the top-10 with a time of 32 minutes, flat. His finish was best among all seven King runners in the race and placed him eighth in the competition that featured over 160 racers. His time and finish earned him a spot on the All-Region team and helped the men’s team to a third overall finish at the Regional Championship.

Ragan has continued to make her mark on the women’s wrestling world by winning gold in two prestigious meets in the month of November. On Nov. 12 she won gold at the NYAC International Open, and event that hosted some of the world’s best competitors in the sport. En route to her pursuit of gold, Ragan defeated OCU standout and multi-world medal winning wrestler Kirstie Davis. The 136-pound grappler was also named Outstanding Wrestler at competition’s end and automatically qualified for a chance to compete for the U.S. Olympic team to top her list of honors. The following weekend, Ragan earned gold at the Harry Geris Duals and helped the Tornado to a clean sweep of the competition in Ontario, Canada. She is currently one of 13 female athletes up for the USOC Athlete of the Month honor, with voting ongoing.