November 23, 2013

Tornado finish 29th at NCAA Championship

SPOKANE, Wash. – The King University men's cross country team traveled across the country to compete in the NCAA Championship on Saturday, running to a 29th place finish against the top NCAA Division II teams from around the country.

The top finisher for the Tornado was junior Jordan Noe, whose time of 32:31.2 was good for a 118th place finish in a deep field that included 246 runners. Freshman Tanner Cook finished in the No. 2 position for the Tornado for the first time all season, securing a 147th place overall performance in 32:44.5, just 13.3 seconds behind Noe. Senior Spencer Frantom ran to a 168th place finish in his final race for the Tornado, while Brent Swiney and Dickson Kurgat finished in 192nd and 208th to round out the scoring for the Tornado.

King scored 725 points overall to finish 29th among the 32 competing teams. The Tornado finished just one point behind Stonehill College and two points behind Florida Southern College in the overall team standings.

Tabor Stevens, a junior from Adams State University, won the individual national championship by completing the ten kilometer course in 29:50.1. Adams State also took the team championship with a score of 54, besting its closest competitor by 50 points. Grand Valley State University was the runner-up, switching their finishing positions in the women's championship. Augustana (S.D.) College finished in third place, while Western State Colorado University and Colorado School of Mines rounded out the top five.