Tornado Cross Country just outside Southeast Top 5

NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College slipped to No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Week 1 NCAA Division II Cross Country Southeast regional men's rankings, the organization announced Tuesday.

King held the No. 5 for the preseason ranking released on Aug. 24. King has only competed once this season so far and that was a tenth-place run at the Covered Bridge Invitational in Boone, N.C., on Sept. 3, in a field filled with NCAA Division I foes.

Queens (N.C.) University of Charlotte, Columbus State (Ga.) University and Mars Hill (N.C.) College remained ranked from No. 1 to No. 3, respectively. Mount Olive (N.C.) College went from outside the Top-10 all the way to No. 4. Clayton State (Ga.) University and King were both forced down a spot with the Mount Olive move.

The final four of the Top-10 were the same as the preseason ranking with Wingate (N.C.) University, Lees-McRae (N.C.) College, Anderson (S.C.) University and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University ranked from No. 7 to No. 10, respectively.

The South Atlantic Conference had four of the teams in the ranking, Mars Hill, Wingate, Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne. Conference Carolinas placed three teams in the Top-10, Queens, Mount Olive and Lees-McRae. Columbus State and Clayton State represented the Peach Belt Conference while King was the only independent team.

The next ranking will be released in a week.

The Tornado will race at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Oct. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

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