King College had eight athletes named to the United States Track
& Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region
honorees within the Southeast region for the outdoor track and
The lone Tornado on the list was freshman Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas). He took the individual title in the 400-meters at the regional championship held in Hickory, N.C. Rahming lowered his personal best during the season more than a full second over the one lap distance to 48.08 seconds.
Leading the charge for the Lady Tornado was Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) for the women's 5,000. Nelson took second at the regional championships and rounded out her stellar career as a Lady Tornado with a school record of 17 minutes and 51 seconds in the event.
All-around sensation Shontella Smith (Campobello, S.C.) made the list in both the long jump and triple jump events. Smith just missed the tough national qualifying mark in the triple jump during the 2011 season, on her way to a school record of 36 feet and two inches which was third at the region championship. In the long jump she cleared 17 feet and three inches for a new personal best in her freshman season.
Completing the individual award recipients was Danielle Beauvais (Chatham, Va.) in the 3,000 steeplechase. Her second place finish at the regional championships came with a finish at the 11:44 mark for a school record and first-team All-Region honors.
King’s 1,600 relay team of Lanneickia Brewton (Inman, S.C.), Jill Hooker (Blountville, Tenn.), Ashley Ruth (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Rachel Wingard (Bristol, Va.) made the list. The quartet won the region championship with a time of 4:02.86 and won the event by nine seconds.
King closed out the program’s first season as a NCAA Division II member with the Lady Tornado winning the Southeast Region Championship.