Tornado Cross Country Finishes Top-5 in Southeast Regional Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After much anticipation over the last two weeks in waiting, the King College Men's and Women's Cross Country teams competed at the Southeast Regional Championships, held in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday. Both teams had top-5 finishes with the men finishing third and the women finishing fourth in a field of more than 20 teams. Five King harriers were named to the All-Southeast Region team after the conclusion of the day's events.
 

The top Tornado finisher in the men's 10,000-meter race was Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) with an eighth overall placing following a run time of 32:00.1. Two additional King runners finished in the top-15. Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) and Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) crossed the finish line just three seconds apart for a 13th and 14th place finish, respectively. Noe's final time was 32:27.4 with Frantom following with a time of 32:30.2.

Justin Humphries (Bristol, Tenn.) finished just outside the top-25 with a 28th overall finish after running a time of 33:03.6. Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Va.) rounded out the King starting five in 55th place (33:38.5).  Taylor Dix (34:28.3) and Mykal Miller (35:46.4) also ran the 10k race.

The King men's team finished third overall (114 points) behind Queens University of Charlotte (62) and Mount Olive College (82). Queens won its fifth consecutive Southeast Regional title behind an average race time of 31:53.66 and placing three of the team's starting five inside the top-5. Queens and regional runner-up Mount Olive will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Spokane, Wash. with automatic bids. King will not advance to nationals.

In the women's 6000-meter race the Lady Tornado finished fourth as a team. King was led by Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) who finished 16th overall with a 22:51.9 run time. Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also finished with a top-25 time by crossing the line with a 23:13.3 finish.

Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.) placed just outside the top-30 with a time of 23:28.2, good for 31st place. Mariah Arnold (23:50.1) and Evan Ferrell (24:04.7) rounded out the starting five for the Lady Tornado. Hannah Witt (24:26.3) and Morgan Weddle (25:34.9) also participated for King.

The women's team finished fourth in a 26-team field with 168 points. Montevallo (140) surprised many with a second place finish, bumping Mount Olive to third place by five points. Queens University won its second straight Southeast Regional Championship, placing there runners in the top-6.

Individually, five King harriers earned All-Southeast Region honors after finishing in the top-25 in their respective Regional Championship race. Naseem Haje, Jordan Noe and Spencer Frantom all earned All-Region honors on the men's side while Kendra Sokol and Danielle Alfano earned the accolade on the women's team.

The Southeast Regional Championship concludes the King Cross Country season for 2011. The men held the second place regional ranking all season long led by three top-20 finishes by sophomore Spencer Frantom. Frantom set the school record in the 8k on Sept. 16 at the Clemson Open with a 25:01.00 run time. The men saw five of its runner set new personal records. Four of those PRs were set at the Conference Carolinas Championships (Oct. 22), two of which were PRs set for the second time in the season by an individual. The women saw three personal records set, all coming at the Conference Carolinas Championships where the team placed third out of 11 teams.