LOUISVILLE, Ky. - King College's Naseem Haje broke the Tornado Cross Country school record at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic with two more personal bests at the event Saturday.
Haje, a sophomore from Hagerstown, Md., covered the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes and 55.60 seconds. He lowered the school record by 28 seconds to become the first Tornado runner to break the 26-minute mark in program history. Haje's previous best time was 26:42 last season. He finished 34 in the field of 328 runners.
Spencer Framtom (Morristown, Tenn.) needed 26:21 to run the race which also broke the previous school record in his first collegiate race.
Daniel Hamilton (Franklin, N.C.), the previous school record holder was just four seconds off his personal best as he crossed the line at the 26:27.6 mark. Justin Humphreys (Bristol, Tenn.) was six seconds off his personal best at 26:55.8.
Taylor Dix (Memphis, Tenn.) used a time of 27:31.8 for a personal best as he rounded out the Tornado's scoring.
The Tornado finished 17th as a team, four points ahead of NCAA Division I Mercer (Ga.) University. King also finished ahead of NCAA Division I squads from Arkansas State University and Austin Peay State (Tenn.) University. The Tornado's five-man average time was 10 seconds faster than Arkansas State and 15 seconds better than Austin Peay. The team championship went to Marshall (W.Va.) University.
The teams ran on the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park which will serve as the venue for the 2010 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship and will be the site for this year's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship and the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Next for King will be the Royal Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 15. The racer will be on the same course as the NCAA Division II Southeast Region scheduled for Nov. 20.