Tornado take second at Conference Carolinas Championships

CONCORD, N.C. – The King University men's cross country team finished second at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships on Friday at Frank Liske Park, coming in behind defending champion Mount Olive.

Spencer Frantom was first across the line for the Tornado as he has been all season, finishing in fourth place overall with a time of 25:20.54. Brent Swiney, the team's No. 5 runner, set a personal record to come in second for King and eighth overall with a time of 25:46.75.

Dickson Kurgat, Jordan Noe, and Tanner Cook rounded out the scoring for the Tornado. Cook finished in 16th place with a time of 26:27.46. All five King runners finished within a 1:07 span, continuing to run well in a pack and score points in bunches.

Mount Olive won the event for the second consecutive year with a score of 29, placing all five of its runners in the top ten. North Grenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Belmont Abbey College rounded out the top five.

With their performances, both Frantom and Swiney earned all-conference honors. Frantom garnered first team honors while Swiney earned second team honors. Kurgat also earned third team all-conference honors.

The runner-up finish was the second consecutive such effort for King, which will now turn its sights to the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship on November 9 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C. NCAA championship events are longer than those in the regular season, with athletes running a distance of ten kilometers rather than eight.

In King's last trip to McAlpine, however, the Tornado had an impressive outing. At the Royal Cross Country Challenge on October 11, King finished second only to Duke and was first among Division II competition. Five runners set personal records at the course, widely considered to be among the fastest courses in the area.