October 11, 2013

Tornado finish second in deep Royal XC Challenge field

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University men's cross country team continues to turn in stellar performances as they finished second of 45 teams at the Royal Cross Country Challenge on Friday event. The Tornado finished ahead of NCAA Division I Charlotte, and were led by Spencer Frantom who turned in the second fastest time in school history to place seventh.

Frantom covered the 8k distance in 25:17.2, a time only 16 seconds off of his school record to finish seventh in a field of more than 200 runners. Dickson Kurgat was King's next finisher as he set a new personal best of 25:44.4 to finish 12th.

Jordan Noe wasn't far behind, finishing 14th with a time of 25:52.1. Brent Swiney and Tanner Cook rounded out King's squad, both setting personal records. For Swiney, he posted a time under 26 minutes for the first time in his career, crossing the finish line in 25:58.9 to place 17th. Cook, a freshman, finished in a time of 26:17.9, marking the fastest time King has had their top-5 runners finish a race in school history.

King finished second to Duke University at the event while they beat Division I Charlotte. The Tornado also finished ahead of Georgia Regents University, who is ranked third in the last USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings while King is ranked fourth. King also finished ahead of regionally ranked Mount Olive College, Mars Hill University, Queens University (N.C.), and UNC Pembroke.

The Tornado will have a week off before they run at the Conference Carolinas Championships on October 25. The meet will take place in Concord, N.C.