August 28, 2012

Men’s Cross Country Favored to Finish First in Conference Preseason Poll

The 2012 Men's Cross Country Coaches' Preseason Poll proclaimed King to be the preseason favorite to finish atop the league. Conference Carolinas released the poll Tuesday morning.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College was named to be the preseason favorite after being ranked first in the Conference Carolinas Coaches' Preseason Poll. The poll was released by the conference office Tuesday morning.

Tornado Cross Country made a splash in its first season as a Conference Carolinas member, fighting their way from fourth to second in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region polls riding into the regional championship. The momentum built behind Tornado record setter Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) all season long as well as his fifth place finish in Charlotte helped the team to a runner-up finish in their first Conference Carolinas Championship. The Tornado will return its top three runners including juniors Frantom and Taylor Dix, as well as sophomore Jordan Noe.

Frantom currently sits atop the King all-time list after registering a 25:01 finish at the Clemson Open, last season. Noe ran into the number two all-time spot at King with a 25:26 time at the 2011 conference championship, held in Charlotte, N.C. Dickson Kurgat will join the trio this season and is expected to be a major contributor to accomplishing the team's goals.

Queens (N.C.) received six first place votes to lead the conference, but ranks second behind King with 87 total points. Mount Olive, who ranks second in the region according to the latest USTFCCCA regional rankings, ranks third with 85 points and received two first place votes. Belmont Abbey and Erskine round out the top-five of the preseason conference poll with 64 and 60 points, respectively. A complete rundown of the poll can be found below.

"It is nice to be recognized as a top team in the conference, but we still have a lot of work to do," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "Every year the mantra is to continue improving. That is still our approach and if we keep doing that we will have a good chance to be where we want at the end of the season."

King opens the 2012 season in Rome, Ga. at the Berry Invitational. The gun will sound at 8 a.m. on Sept. 1 where the Tornado look to take the first steps toward earning their first Conference Carolinas championship.

 
 

2012 Conference Carolinas Men's Cross Country Coaches' Preseason Poll


Rank


School

Points
(first place votes)

1

King

92 (2)

2

Queens (N.C.)

87 (6)

3

Mount Olive

85 (2)

4

Belmont Abbey

64

5

Erskine

60

6

Limestone

55

7

Lees-McRae

54

8

Barton

38

9

North Greenville

26

10

Pfeiffer

22

11

Coker

22