Tornado set to defend a pair of national titles in 2016-17

Tornado set to defend a pair of national titles in 2016-17

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Field – Parks Field
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

CYCLING HISTORY

First Year - 2009
Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championships (last) – 3, 2 road, 1 mountain bike (2015)
USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships (last) – 2, mountain bike (2015), cyclocross (2016)

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach, seasonAlan Sparks, 3rd season
Cycling Office Phone – (423) 652-6341

TEAM INFORMATION

USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Finish – 1st
USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross Finish – 1st
Letterwinners Returning / Lost – 10 / 5

TOP RETURNING RIDERS

Senior Jennifer Caicedo (two-time USA Cycling Road Race national champion)
Sophomore Kyle Ellis (sixth in short track and eighth in cross country at USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, 10th at national championships for cyclocross)
Junior Miranda Goodman (finishes at USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships: 11th in dual slalom, 15th in downhill, 18th in cross country and 24th in short track, took 24th at cyclocross national championships)
Senior Cory Rimmer (USA Cycling Mountain Bike individual omnium national champion, won national titles in short track and cross country at mountain bike national championships, finished third at cyclocross national championships)
Junior Taylor White (finished seventh at USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships)

NEWCOMERS

Fausto Crapiz, Dandridge, Tenn. (ETSU)
Abby Hobbs, Athens, Ga. (North Oconee HS)
Eric Hubbs, Piney Flats, Tenn. (Sullivan East HS)
Rebekah Lyndsey, Sevierville, Tenn. (Lincoln Memorial University)
Matthew Owen, Brevard, N.C. (Rosman HS)
Luke Stephens, Jasper, Ga. (Pickens HS)
Nolan Tankersley, Erwin, Tenn. (ETSU)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the mountain bike season on September 3-4 at Clemson University
- The Tornado host a home mountain bike race on October 1-2 at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Virginia
- The USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships are slated for October 21-24 in Snowshoe, West Virginia where the Tornado will try to repeat as national champions
- King opens the cyclocross season on November 5 at home with their annual race on campus
- The Tornado will also try to repeat as USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross national champions, that event will be held in the first week of January

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620