CONCORD, N.C. – Picking up right where he left off two weeks ago, Jordan Noe earned his second straight win at Frank J. Liske Park, this time on an 8k course. He was also named Runner of the Year while helping King finish second overall at the 2012 Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships, hosted by Belmont Abbey College.
Noe, a sophomore from Morristown, Tenn., broke the 26-minute barrier on the 8k course to take first place overall with a 25:39.78 finish time. His run was his best on an 8k course this season and the second-best of any King runner in 2012. For placing first, Noe was named Individual Runner of the Year, his first such accolade of his career.
Finished the 1-2 punch at the top of the King lineup was fellow Morristown, Tenn. native Spencer Frantom. The junior finished second overall, also breaking 26 minutes, with a time of 25:48.62.
"Those two [Noe and Frantom] made it look very easy today, "said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "They jumped out to a great start and rode it through all the way to the end. It was a huge show from a pair of veterans."
Also finishing inside the top 10 was Dickson Kurgat (Naidi Hills, Kenya). The sophomore finished 26:29.57 for eighth place overall.
Earning points for the team King were sophomore Jordan Smith (Lebanon, Va.) and freshman Brent Swiney (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.). Smith ran a season-best 27:07.42, improving upon his previous season-low 8k time by more than 20 seconds. Smith placed 16th overall while Swiney finished 18th with a time of 27:23.53.
King finished second overall in the team standings by earning 45 points and averaging a finish time of 26:29.78. Mount Olive took the championship with 25 points, taking positions three through seven, individually. Host Belmont Abbey (112) finished third while North Greenville (116) and Limestone (141) rounded out the top five teams.
"The guys are really fit at this point of the season," said Dalton. "They are beating teams that run a lot of veterans which is a very good sign moving forward. I have all the confidence in them that this trend will continue into regionals and nationals."
King came into the race ranked second overall in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, released this Tuesday. Mount Olive possessed the number one spot. Both teams will take their placements into the Southeast Regional Championships, held in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 3.