Tornado Cross Country No. 5 for a second straight week

NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College remained No. 5 in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, announced Tuesday.

The Tornado was among the Top-7 teams that did not move from last week's ranking. Queens (N.C.) University, Columbus State (Ga.) University, Mars Hill (N.C.) College and Mount Olive (N.C.) College all stayed in spots one to four, respectively. Lees-McRae (N.C.) College and Clayton State (Ga.) University were sixth and seventh.

The only two movers were Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University up from No. 10 to No. 8 while Wingate (N.C.) University was bumped from No. 8 to No. 10. Anderson (S.C.) University was sandwiched in between at No. 9 for a third straight ranking.

King raced at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday where the team finished 17th in a deep field of 34 teams. The Tornado's Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) was able to run to a school-record performance at the event. Spencer Framton (Morristown, Tenn.) also ran past the previous school record time while Taylor Dix (Memphis, Tenn.) added a personal best.

The South Atlantic Conference had four in the Top-10 again, led by Mars Hill. Wingate, Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne made up the rest of the South Atlantic schools in the ranking. Conference Carolinas member Queens was joined by Mount Olive and Lees-McRae. Columbus State and Clayton State represented the Peach Belt Conference while King was the only independent squad.

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.

The next regional ranking will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 12.