Tornado aim to remain at the top of Conference Carolinas

Photo Credit: Earl Carter
Photo Credit: Earl Carter

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Field – Parks Field
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NCAA HISTORY

First Year of NCAA Membership – 2010
Highest Conference Carolinas Finish (number of times, last) – 2nd (5, 2015)
Highest Southeast Regional Finish (year) – 2nd (2013)
NCAA Championship Appearances (last) – 2 (2013)
Highest NCAA Championship Finish
– 27th (2012)

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach, seasonAmanda Williamson, 2nd season
Men's Cross Country Office Phone – (423) 652-6348
Assistant CoachDesmond Pierce

TEAM INFORMATION

Conference Carolinas Finish Last Year – 2nd
NCAA Southeast Regional Finish Last Year – NA
Starters Returning / Lost – 5 / 1
Letterwinners Returning / Lost
– 5 / 1

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

- King was picked to finish second

TOP RETURNING RUNNERS

Junior James Russell Ballowe (finished 13th at conference championships, fastest 8k time of 26:09.4 at the Royals Challenge, third team all-conference)
Senior Tanner Cook (led team in every event last year, finished eighth at conference championship, finished 15th at NCAA Southeast Regional with 10k time of 33:47.2, second team all-conference)
Sophomore Tyler Edwards (finished 21st at the conference championship, posted a personal best 8k time of 27:54.77 at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational)
Junior Morgan Greene (finished 14th at the conference championship, fastest 8k time of 27:18.0 came at the Royals Challenge, third team all-conference)
Junior Charles Ramos (finished 10th at the conference championships, personal record 8k time of 26:42.0 came at the Royals Challenge, 2014 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, 2015 second team all-conference)

NEWCOMERS

Daniel Kovalchick, Dickson, Tenn. (Dickson County HS)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- Tornado open the season on September at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
- The Conference Carolinas Championship is scheduled for October 21 at Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C.
- The NCAA Southeast Regional Championship is slated for November 5 in Montevallo, Ala., and the NCAA Championships are scheduled for November 19 at Abbey Course in St. Leo, Fla.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS 

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620