Women's Cross Country News Archives

  • Meeuwenberg adds Ellis to staff
    September 16, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University cross country and track & field coach Nathan Meeuwenberg as announced the addition of Brandon Ellis to his staff. Ellis will be an assistant for the cross country and track & field teams following a career at Milligan College.
  • Tornado take third at season-opener
    September 06, 2019
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The King University women’s cross country team opened the season on Friday at the Converse Kickoff where the Tornado finished third. King was led by Katy Neubert who finished 12th
  • King returns solid core for 2019 season
    August 27, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King University women's cross country team returns a solid nucleus from a squad that finished third at the Conference Carolinas Championship a season ago. First-year head coach Nathan Meeuwenberg inherits a roster that is split with five upperclassmen and five underclassmen. He also brought in one to add to the group as the Tornado will try to improve their conference finish in 2019.
  • Meeuwenberg selected to lead King cross country/track & field programs
    August 05, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics announced the hire of Nathan Meeuwenberg as head cross country and track & field coach. Meeuwenberg joins the Tornado staff after leading the Science Hill High School cross country programs and serving as an assistant for the track & field programs.
  • Pierce resigns from King cross country/track & field programs
    June 20, 2019
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of head cross country and track and field coach Desmond Pierce. Pierce has accepted the director of compliance position at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Barton earns All-Region, King finishes 13th at NCAA Regional
    November 17, 2018
    OAKWOOD, Ga. – The King University women’s cross country team finished 13th at the NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country Championship on Saturday morning. The Tornado were led by All-Southeast Region performer Kirstin Barton who finished 20th.
  • Mburu, Rivera win Conference Carolinas Elite 23 awards
    November 07, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Starting this year, Conference Carolinas started handing out the Elite 23 award, which is an award giving to the student-athlete at the championship site with the highest GPA for each respective sport. In the fall, two Tornado earned the Elite 23 award, Sam Mburu of the men’s soccer team and Kaitlin Rivera of the women’s cross country team.
  • Barton leads King to third place finish at conference championship
    November 03, 2018
    MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University women’s cross country team put together a solid race at the Conference Carolinas Championship, taking third. The Tornado were led by all-conference performer Kirstin Barton who took fourth.
  • Five Tornado named academic All-Conference Carolinas
    October 26, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas announced their academic all-conference performers for cross country, leading up to the conference championship next weekend. King University had five runners honored, two from the men's team and three from the women's team.
  • Tornado finish 13th at 12th Annual Sand Shark Invite
    October 20, 2018
    HARDEEVILLE, S.C. – In their final tune-up before the Conference Carolinas Championship, the King University women’s cross country team finished 13th at the 12th Annual Sand Shark Invitational. Kirstin Barton led King with a 51st place finish.
  • King takes 22nd behind four PRs at Royals XC Challenge
    October 12, 2018
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a deep field at the Royals Cross Country Challenge, the King University women’s cross country team finished 22nd behind another personal record from Kirstin Barton. Barton finished 59th to lead the Tornado.
  • Barton, Thomas selected for ECAC monthly awards
    October 04, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a stellar opening month, the King University women's cross country team swept the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Runner of the Month awards. Kirstin Barton was selected ECAC Runner of the Month and Rebekah Thomas took home ECAC Rookie of the Month honors.
  • Barton posts PR, leads King at Greater Louisville Classic
    September 29, 2018
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The King University women’s cross country team put together a solid finish at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing ninth overall. Kirstin Barton led the Tornado again, taking seventh and setting another personal record.
  • Another PR, another weekly conference award for King's Barton
    September 18, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second straight week, King University women’s cross country’s Kirstin Barton set a personal record that resulted in weekly accolades from Conference Carolinas. Barton led the Tornado at the Virginia Tech Alumni Meet, earning Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week honors again.
  • Barton's PR leads King at Virginia Tech
    September 14, 2018
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The King University women’s cross took to the course for the second time this season, running a 6k race at the Virginia Tech Alumni Meet. The Tornado finished sixth overall and placed second among NCAA Division II teams.
  • Barton tabbed Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week
    September 11, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the first race of the season, Kirstin Barton of the King University women’s cross country team has been selected Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week.
  • Barton finishes 2nd, King 3rd at Tusculum Open
    September 07, 2018
    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University women’s cross country team opened the season with an impressive showing at the Tusculum Open on Friday evening. Kirstin Barton finished runner-up, leading the Tornado to a third place finish.
  • Veteran group looks to lead Tornado in 2018
    September 03, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King University women's soccer team returns a solid group for first-year head coach Desmond Pierce. Pierce also brought in a talented group of newcomers and the Tornado aim to improve their fifth place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship from a season ago.
  • Pierce hires Slonski as assistant coach
    May 01, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Desmond Pierce announced the hiring of Abby Slonski as his assistant coach. Slonski spend the last season as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff.
  • Pierce selected as head coach for cross country/track & field
    April 03, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Desmond Pierce '15 has been promoted to head coach of the King University men's and women's cross country and track and field teams, as announced on Tuesday by Director of Athletics David Hicks.
  • Williamson steps down from cross country/track & field programs
    March 21, 2018
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics, David Hicks announced that Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Amanda Williamson has resigned from her position.
  • Kusmierz selected Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year
    December 15, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time since 2013 and the third time since joining Conference Carolinas, a King University women’s cross country runner has been selected Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year. Hannah Kusmierz had a standout season for the Tornado, earning Conference Carolinas Women’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.
  • Tornado finish 20th at NCAA Southeast Regional
    November 04, 2017
    WINGATE, N.C. – The King University women’s cross country team wrapped up their season on Saturday at the NCAA Southeast Regional where they finished 20th. Hannah Kusmierz led the way with a 71st place finish.
  • King places 5th at conference championship
    October 20, 2017
    CONCORD, N.C. – The King University women’s cross country team competed at the Conference Carolinas Championship and came away with a fifth place finish. The Tornado were led by Hannah Kusmierz who finished eighth.
  • Five Tornado named academic All-Conference Carolinas
    October 17, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas announced their academic all-conference performers for cross country, leading up to the conference championship this weekend. King University had five runners honored, four from the men’s team and one from the women’s team.
  • Kusmierz leads King at Queen City Invitational
    October 13, 2017
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In their final preparations before the Conference Carolinas Championship, the King University women’s cross country team finished 10th at the Queen City Invitational. The Tornado were led by another solid performance from Hannah Kusmierz, who finished with another personal record.
  • Kusmierz takes second weekly award
    October 11, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following her performance at the Gene Mullin Invitational over the weekend, King University women's cross country runner Hannah Kusmierz was recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference on Wednesday. The sophomore was selected ECZC Runner of the Week following her 13th place performance.
  • Kusmierz selected Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week
    October 10, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following her performance at the Gene Mullin Invitational over the weekend, King University women’s cross country runner Hannah Kusmierz was recognized by Conference Carolinas on Tuesday. The sophomore was selected Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week following her 13th place performance.
  • Tornado take 7th at Gene Mullin Invite
    October 07, 2017
    GREENVILLE, S.C. – The King University women’s cross country team ran at the Gene Mullin Invitational, hosted by Furman University and finished seventh. Hannah Kusmierz nearly cracked the top 10, finishing 13th to lead the Tornado.
  • King places three in top 15 at Greater Louisville Classic
    September 30, 2017
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The King University women’s cross country team had a solid showing on Saturday at the Greater Louisville Classic, placing three runners in the top 15 of a deep silver race field. The Tornado finished third and were led by Kaitlin Rivera who finished 10th.
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