King Harriers Respected With Second Place Regional Ranking

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Men's and Women's Cross Country were both recognized by the USSTFCCCA today with the release of the national and regional rankings. Both Tornado teams preserved their No. 2 ranking in the Southeast region after being idle this past week.

Complete regional and national rankings - click here


The release comes on a week that the Tornado continue their preparation for one of their most notable races of the season. King will travel to Louisville, Ky. to compete at the 10th Annual Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park. Louisville has been the site that has hosted five NAIA National Cross Country Championships and the last two NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships.

The Greater Louisville Classic served as a significant moment for King Women's Cross Country last season. In 2010, the Tornado entered the race ranked sixth in the Southeast region. The team's incredible run propelled them to second in the region the following week.

"Our freshmen are starting to turn it up," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "We have set some high goals and are expecting quite a few PRs [personal records] and a great team performance."

The Tornado will take to the course this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 1 where the men will run an 8,000-meter race and the women a 5,000-meter race. For more information regarding the Greater Louisville Classic, click here.

"This is the time of year where all of our training starts to pay off. From October on we really begin to expect to run our best races and put up our best times of the year," said Dalton.

In King's last action at the Clemson Open on Sept. 16, the men's team witnessed four runners accomplish personal records including Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) who broke the school record for the fastest 8k time in program history with a 25:01.00 time.

The women had three runners finish in the top half of the competition at Clemson. Within their performance, King placed five runners in front of Anderson College's number-three scorer. Anderson had been ranked third in the region prior to the Clemson Open but since has dropped to fourth.