BRISTOL, Tenn. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released this year's cross country preseason rankings. The King College men's and women's Cross Country teams were ranked second in the region, according to the poll released yesterday.
Both teams compete in the Southeast region, their second year competing in NCAA Division II. The preseason ranking is a top honor among preseason accolades, signaling recognition of last year's success and the expectation for continued success in 2011-12. Each year, the top two finishers in each region automatically qualify for NCAA Nationals.
Last season, the Lady Tornado was ranked sixth in the USTFCCCA preseason poll and competed toward a 22nd place finish in the NCAA Division II national competition and became the first team in King history to reach Nationals since transitioning to Division II. The team also finished 2010-11 with the highest grade point average among D-II women's cross country teams.
On the men's side, this marks their highest preseason ranking achieved in recent history after last year's fifth place preseason ranking. The Tornado narrowly missed the cut to compete on the national stage in 2010-11 but is a favorite to come out of the southeast region among the top teams.
Conference Carolina foe, Queens College (N.C.), took the top spot in both the men's and women's regional polls for the second straight year.
For complete NCAA Division II rankings, click here.
The Tornado Cross Country teams both open their seasons on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Covered Bridge Invitational held in Boone, North Carolina.