Multiple Harriers Named to National All-Academic Team
Naseem Haje, a junior from Hagerstown, Md., steadily improved from race to race and excelled in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships held in Charlotte, N.C. Haje ran a 10k time of 32 minutes, 0.1 seconds to lead the Tornado and finish eighth overall and helped the Tornado to a third place finish. He registered an 8k season-high time of 25:54.21 at the Clemson Open (Sept. 16) and helped the men's team possess a second place regional ranking heading into the regional meet.
Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) was the first Lady Tornado to cross the finish line at the regional championships and placed 16th overall with a 22:51.9 6k time, helping the Lady Tornado to a fourth place finish. She made a drastic improvement over the course of the season, trimming more than 1:30 off of her 5k time between her first and last race at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The sophomore posted a season-best 19:21.8 time at the Conference Championships (Oct. 22), finishing first on the team and 12th overall.
A native of Winchester, Va., Danielle Beauvais was consistent all season long, finishing inside the 19-minute mark in all three 5k races this season. She ended the year on a high note with a 16th place finish at the Conference Championships (19:34.7). The junior finished third on the team at the Southeast Regional meet and 31st overall with a 23:28.2 finish time. This is now Beauvais' second time named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic list after doing so as a sophomore last season.
Sophomore Evan Ferrell also showed steady improvement, eliminating nearly two minutes off her 5k finish time after her first race of the season. The Richlands, Va. native finished her last two 5k races at or slightly under 20:00.0, priming herself for the Regional Championships. She rounded out the top-5 on the King squad at regionals, finishing 56th (24:04.7) in the 6k race.
Haje and Sokol were named to the NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team after their performances at the Championships. Haje and Beauvais were both named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team earlier this year.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All‐Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student‐athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most‐recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.