BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department had a successful 2017-18 season, sending three teams and two other individuals to NCAA Championships. The Tornado finished 128th in the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup standings and were the third highest ranked Conference Carolinas program.
Eight Conference Carolinas schools appeared in the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings, led by Limestone College at 66th and the University of Mount Olive at 82nd. The Tornado were next at 128.
King scored 155 points, led 55 points from men's wrestling who finished 19th at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships with a pair of All-Americans. The Tornado softball team scored 50 points after finishing with a regional runner-up finish.
The final 50 points came from the men's basketball and men's volleyball team. The Tornado men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the third time and second time in three years. The men's volleyball team won their first Conference Carolinas tournament crown, earning their first NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Championship appearance.
King has finished in the top 200 of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings five times in eight years with their highest finish being 128. The previous highest finish was 164th in 2016-17.