Men's Cross Country News Archives
August 31, 2015
Tornado reloaded for 2015
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After just missing the mark for their third straight trip to NCAA Championships in 2014 the King University men’s cross country team set out to return in the 2015 season. The Tornado return a solid core as Amanda Williamson enters her first season at the helm.
February 5, 2015
Jelen added as track and field/cross country assistant
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head track and field coach Amanda Williamson has announced the addition of Jarvis Jelen as the distance coach for the Tornado. He will bring a plethora of experience and knowledge to the Tornado from his running days at Liberty University to serving as an assistant at South Dakota State University and his stint last season as the head cross country coach at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania.
January 6, 2015
Williamson named head cross country coach
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the departure of King University cross country coach Peter Dalton, athletic director David Hicks announced King’s new cross coach. Amanda Williamson, who also serves as the King track and field coach has been selected as the new Tornado cross country coach.
December 18, 2014
Dalton takes coaching position at UT Martin
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head men’s cross country coach Peter Dalton has turned the men’s and women’s cross country teams into NCAA Division II Southeast Region powers. On Thursday Dalton announced that he is resigning his position at King to become the next head cross country coach at NCAA Division I the University of Tennessee Martin.
December 1, 2014
Four Tornado named USTFCCCA All-Region
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following another successful season, four King University cross country runners earned All-Region honors from the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Tanner Cook, Connor Hatfield and Jordan Smith all earned the distinction on the men’s side and Amelia Martin took honors on the women’s side.
November 22, 2014
King takes 4th NCAA Southeast Regional
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The King University men’s cross country team took to the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship course on Saturday in Montevallo with aspirations of qualifying for their third straight trip to the NCAA National Championships. However, the Tornado came up just short of that goal finishing fourth, one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
November 7, 2014
Tornado finish second at Conference Carolinas Championships
CONCORD, N.C. – For the third consecutive year, the King University men’s cross country team finished in second place at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The Tornado were paced by three runners in the top-10, and led by Tanner Cook’s fourth place finish.
November 3, 2014
Swiney named Academic All-Conference
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Monday, Conference Carolinas announced its 2014 men’s and women’s cross country academic all-conference teams. One member of the King University men’s cross country team was named to the team after surpassing the requirements needed to achieve the honor.
October 18, 2014
King finishes 3rd behind Cook 's top 10 outing
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The King University men’s cross country team looked like a championship caliber team when they took part in the Falcon Classic. The Tornado finished in third behind Conference Carolinas opponent the University of Mount Olive and Mars Hill University.
October 4, 2014
King impresses at Greater Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The King University men’s cross country team has aspirations of qualifying for their third straight NCAA Championship, and Saturday gave the Tornado a chance to see the 2014 championship course. The Tornado didn’t disappoint finishing 12th in a field of 42 teams as a trio of runners finished under the 26 minute mark.
September 13, 2014
King finishes fifth at Furman Cross Country Classic
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The King University men's cross country team continued their great start to the season, taking third of 10 non-Division I teams at the Furman Cross Country Classic on Saturday morning. For the second time in as many weeks, the Tornado were led by a top-10 finish from Tanner Cook.
September 9, 2014
Tornado trio earn Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The season may have just started, but King University had three student-athletes earn Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for their respective sport. The Tornado swept the cross country awards with Amelia Martin earning the distinction on the women’s side and Tanner Cook on the men’s side. Summer Kremer also eanred conference player of the week honors in women’s volleyball.
September 5, 2014
Tornado place three in top-10, finish second at Eye Opener Invite
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The King University men’s cross country team started the 2014 season on Friday, but it appeared as though they are in midseason form. The Tornado finished first among NCAA Division II teams, and second overall behind Davidson University. The trio of Tanner Cook, Brent Swiney, and Connor Hatfield all placed in the top-10 to lead the Tornado.
August 29, 2014
Tornado set sights on third straight trip to NCAA National Championships
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off of their second straight NCAA Division II National Championship appearance, the King University men’s cross country team’s expectations are nothing less in 2014. Head coach Peter Dalton has a solid group of runners returning that will lead a talented group of newcomers this season.
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.
November 22, 2013
King makes second straight trip to NCAA Championships
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive season, the King University men’s cross country team will travel to the NCAA Championships to compete for a national title. With four All-Region performers and a second-place finish at the NCAA Region Championship on November 9, the Tornado will look to improve upon last year’s 27th-place result at the national meet in Spokane, Wash on Saturday. In the women’s race, the Tornado will be represented by senior Hannah Witt.
November 9, 2013
Men’s cross country advances to NCAA Division II Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University men’s cross country team finished second in the NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Saturday, advancing to the NCAA Division II Championship for the second consecutive season.
October 25, 2013
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 College.
October 21, 2013
Six Tornado runners named Academic All-Conference
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Conference Carolinas office announced its cross country academic all-conference teams on Tuesday morning, and King University was well represented. Six King University student-athletes were named to the squads, the second-most in the conference behind North Greenville University’s seven.
October 18, 2013
Frantom featured in Conference Carolinas' Playmaker
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas unveiled their first issue of their brand new Playmaker magazine on Friday afternoon, and King University’s Spencer Frantom was their feature story.
October 16, 2013
King takes three CC Weekly awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Wednesday when Conference Carolinas announced their weekly awards, three King University student-athletes were honored. Both Hannah Witt and Spencer Frantom won the awards for cross country while Elizabeth Swallow took home the women’s golf award.
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.
October 4, 2013
Men finish second in tough Division I field
BOONE, N.C. – Spencer Frantom paced the King University men's cross country team to a second place finish at the Mountaineer Open as he finished 14th. The Tornado finished in second place behind only Virginia Tech.
September 20, 2013
Frantom leads Tornado to third-place finish
BLACKSBURG, Va. – An eighth-place finish by senior Spencer Frantom paced the King University men’s cross country team at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational on Friday.
September 11, 2013
Witt, Frantom named Conference Carolinas Runners of the Week
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Both the women's and men's cross country teams had a strong opening weekend of team competition, placing second and first respectively at the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. on Friday. Conference Carolinas announced today that Tornado runners Hannah Witt and Spencer Frantom were named Runners of the Week after their impressive individual performances at the meet.
September 6, 2013
King opens season with victory at Eye Opener
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Friday night, the King University men’s cross country team opened their 2013 season at the Eye Opener Invitational hosted by Division I USC Upstate. It appeared as though the Tornado were in midseason form as they finished first among Division II teams, and placed four runners in the top-10.
September 2, 2013
King sets sights on conference title in 2013
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s cross country team is coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, leaving expectations for the 2013 season very high. The Tornado return nearly everyone from a team that qualified for their first NCAA Division II National Championships in school history in 2012.
June 18, 2013
Dalton returns to lead Tornado cross country teams
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Director of Athletics David Hicks announced earlier today that Peter Dalton will return to King University as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams, six weeks after departing King for a position on the coaching staff at Lipscomb University.
June 4, 2013
Williamson promoted to lead King cross country, track & field
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Athletic Director David Hicks announced Amanda Williamson ’10 as the new cross country and track and field head coach. Williamson was a standout athlete at King and was an assistant coach for the past three seasons.
May 6, 2013
Dalton takes position at Lipscomb
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head cross country and track and field coach Peter Dalton has accepted the position of Assistant Cross Country Coach and Track at Lipscomb University. Peter will remain at King through May 31 and will coach our student-athletes at the NCAA Championships, and will assist the current staff as they wrap up recruiting efforts for fall 2013.
December 10, 2012
Spencer Frantom Named Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Conference Carolinas released its Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Spencer Frantom (cross country) was one of five honorees.
November 17, 2012
King Men’s Cross Country Bound for First Trip to Nationals
Spencer Frantom and Jordan Noe will lead the Tornado men’s cross country team into Joplin, Mo. for their first NCAA National Championship appearance.
November 17, 2012
King Finishes 27th Overall at Nationals, Led by Frantom’s 43rd Place Finish
Nearly every member of the Tornado men’s cross country team set new 10k PRs at the Division II National Championships en route to a 27th place overall finish.
November 5, 2012
Four Named to All-Region Team by USTFCCCA
Following Saturday’s NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships, four King harriers were named to the All-Region Team.
November 3, 2012
King Harriers Take Their Marks for Regional Championship
The King men’s and women’s cross country teams are set for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship, being held Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
November 3, 2012
Men’s Cross Country Qualifies for Nationals, Women Finish Fourth at Regionals
For the first time in program history, Tornado men's cross country qualified for Nationals after finishing third at the Division II Southeast Regional Championships.
October 19, 2012
Noe Races to First Place Finish, Tornado Finish Second
Jordan Noe earned his second straight win and was named Runner of the Year, while the Tornado took second place at the 2012 conference championships.
October 18, 2012
Cross Country Races into Concord for Conference Championships
King College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country will head to Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C. for Friday's Conference Carolinas Championships.
October 18, 2012
Six Named to Cross Country Academic All-Conference Team
King Tornado Cross Country placed a league-high six student-athletes on the Academic All-Conference Team, as announced by the league on Thursday.
October 9, 2012
Men’s Cross Country Retains No. 2 Regional Ranking
The latest USTFCCCA regional rankings were released and recognized the Tornado men’s cross team as having held on to the No. 2 Southeast region spot.
October 5, 2012
Cross Country Nearly Perfect in Pre-Conference Meet Sweep
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams won the first place in the team standings behind an effort from the men that earned them a near-perfect score.
October 3, 2012
Frantom Earns Conference Men’s Runner of the Week Honors
Junior Spencer Frantom was named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the fifth week of the season.
September 27, 2012
Frantom, Sokol Led the Pack at UNC-Charlotte Invitational
Spencer Frantom finished in the top 50 among a field of more than 240 runners while Kendra Sokol led the way for the women.
September 18, 2012
Men’s Cross Country No. 2 in First Regular Season Regional Rankings
The latest USTFCCCA rankings released Tuesday have revealed that the men’s cross country team was tabbed No. 2 in the Southeast region.
September 14, 2012
Witt, Frantom Finish Among Strong Pack of Runners at Va. Tech Invite
Hannah Witt finished with her name among some of the top Division I schools in the region with her 13th place time at Friday’s Virginia Tech Invitational.
September 5, 2012
King and Lees-McRae to Begin Battle for Blue Ridge Cup
Beginning in the 2012-13 athletic season King and Lees-McRae College will deepen their rivalry with an annual competition for the Blue Ridge Cup.
September 1, 2012
Cross Country Opens Strong at Berry Invitational
Spencer Frantom and Kendra Sokol led King College to a pair of fifth place team finishes to start the 2012 campaign strongly at the Berry Invitational.
August 28, 2012
Men’s Cross Country Favored to Finish First in Conference Preseason Poll
The 2012 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Poll proclaimed King to be the preseason favorite to finish atop the league.
August 28, 2012
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Selected Second in Southeast Region Preseason Poll
The King College men’s and women’s cross country teams were each ranked second in the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Coaches’ Preseason Poll.
August 20, 2012
Get Closer to Tornado Athletics with Text Updates!
Tornado Athletic is introducing a new way to keep up-to-date on your favorite King sport team with its text message update service. The service is open to all and free of charge.
August 15, 2012
Tornado Names Abundant in D2ADA Academic Awards
King placed 72 student-athletes on the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards list.
July 26, 2012
Committed to Success - King helps athletes excel both on and off the field
Read the KTN's recent front page article highlighting the triumphs of King College student-athletes. (Credit: Pat Kenney, Kingsport Times-News)
April 25, 2012
King Athletics Host Student-Athlete Awards Banquet
The King College Athletic Department hosted an end-of-the-year awards banquet for the student-athletes of its 24 varsity sports, faculty, and staff on Tuesday night.
April 16, 2012
King College Invites Alumni and Friends to Celebrate 86th Dogwood Weekend
Alumni and friends of King College are invited to join in the upcoming 86th celebration of Dogwood Weekend on April 20-23.
February 16, 2012
Cross Country Nationally Recognized for Academic Success
The USTFCCCA has named the King College men's and women's cross country teams to the Scholar Team List for the 2011 season.
February 10, 2012
Student-Athletes Engage in Storm Chaser Mentor Program
King student-athletes continue to impact the lives of Bristol elementary school children through Storm Chaser Mentor Program
February 9, 2012
Multiple Harriers Named to National All-Academic Team
Four King College Cross Country members were named to the U.S. Cross Country and Track and Field All-Academic team on Thursday.
January 17, 2012
King College Set to Kick Off Tornado Athletic Club
King College will introduce a new way to spread generosity toward Athletics when it introduces the Tornado Athletic Club this Saturday, Jan. 21
December 7, 2011
Haje and Ragan Named SAAC Student-Athletes of the Month
Cross Country's Naseem Haje and women's wrestler Alli Ragan have been named the SAAC Student-Athletes of the Month for November.
November 5, 2011
Tornado Cross Country Finishes Top-5 in Southeast Regional Championships
The Division II Southeast Regional Championships were held in Charlotte, N.C. on Satuday, where King Cross Country placed inside the top-5.
October 27, 2011
Find Your Conference Carolinas Destination Right Here!
Ever wonder where each of our new conference member schools are located or how to get there? Wonder no more! More details inside...
October 21, 2011
Conference Carolinas Championships Bring High Finishes and Personal Records
King College Cross Country made high marks on a team and individual level at the Conference Carolinas Championships, held today.
October 20, 2011
Four King Runners Named to Academic All-Conference Team
Conference Carolinas announced this year's Cross Country Academic All-Conference honorees which includes four King College runners.
October 18, 2011
King Harriers Run into Conference Championships Ranked Second in Region
After the most recent regional rankings by the USTFCCCA, King Men's and Women's Cross Country have been tabbed second in the Southeast region
October 11, 2011
Cross Country Remains in Regional Spotlight in Weekly Rankings
King College Cross Country has been ranked second in the Southeast region by the USTFCCCA, the fourth straight week the team has achieved the honor
October 8, 2011
Pittman and Frantom Named SAAC Athletes of the Month
Senior women's volleyball player Ashley Pittman and men's cross country runner Spencer Frantom were named SAAC Athletes of the Month
October 5, 2011
Frantom Named Conference Runner of the Week
Sophomore Spencer Frantom was named Male Runner of the Week by Conference Carolinas earlier today.
October 4, 2011
King Remains Second in Southeast Region
King College men's and women's Cross Country finished second in the Southeast region poll, as released by the USTFCCCA earlier today
October 1, 2011
Tornado Finish Regular Season Strong at Greater Louisville Classic
Spencer Frantom and Danielle Beauvais paced the Tornado harriers in their respective races at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday.
September 27, 2011
King Harriers Respected With Second Place Regional Ranking
King Cross Country was named second in the Southeast region by the USTFCCCA earlier today. This is now the third straight week King has kept the ranking
September 22, 2011
Support King Athletics with Nike Gear Fundraiser
For a limited time only, you can purchase stylish, King Tornado Nike gear and support your student-athletes at the same time! More details inside...
September 20, 2011
King Men’s and Women’s XC Maintain Regional Ranking
The USTFCCCA released its first regional rankings of the season today, naming King College men's and women's Cross Country second in the Southeast region
September 16, 2011
Frantom Sets New School Record At Clemson Classic
Spencer Frantom led all Tornado racers at the Clemson Classic, finishing 28th overall and setting a new top time in College history.
August 31, 2011
Men’s Cross Country Ranked Fourth in Preseason Poll
Tornado men's cross country has been voted to finish fourth in Conference Carolinas after the release of the preseason coaches' poll.
August 24, 2011
King Cross Country Among Top in the Regional Preseason Poll
Tornado men's and women's cross country were recognized on a regional scale yesterday, ranking second in the USTFCCCA preseason poll
February 16, 2011
King places two on USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country All-Academic list
NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College put Naseem Haje and Taylor Dix on the 2010 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Division II All-Academic Cross Country squad.
November 30, 2010
Haje runs to NCCAA weekly award
GREENVILLE, S.C. - King College's Naseem Haje was given the NCCAA Men's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week by the national office.
November 23, 2010
King All-Region trio honored by USTFCCCA
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Three King College cross country athletes were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region runners, the organization announced Tuesday.
November 20, 2010
King Men's Cross Country narrowly misses trip to NCAA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - King College ran to a fourth-place run Saturday at the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Southeast Region Championship, just outside of an automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Division II National Championship, but a Tornado earned All-Region honors.
November 18, 2010
Tornado runs towards NCAA DII Southeast Region
BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College is gearing up for the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Southeast Region Championship to be contested Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
November 9, 2010
New place for Tornado Cross Country in USTFCCAA Southeast rankings
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College men's cross country team dropped a spot to No. 4 in the last regular season United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, announced by the national organization Tuesday.
November 5, 2010
Top 10 run for Tornado's Frantom
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - King College's Spencer Frantom posted a Top-10 run Friday at the Cavalier Open.
November 2, 2010
King's No. 3 NCAA Division II Southeast Region ranking remains the same
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College men's cross country team did not move from the No. 3 ranking in the newest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, announced by the national organization Tuesday.
October 26, 2010
Tornado Cross Country spends another week at No. 3 in region
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College men's cross country team kept the No. 3 spot in the latest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, announced by the national organization Tuesday.
October 21, 2010
Haje's record breaking run earns NCCAA honor
GREENVILLE, S.C. - King College's Naseem Haje ran to the NCCAA Men's Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week award, given by the national office.
October 20, 2010
King climbs to third in latest NCAA DII Southeast Region ranking
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College men's cross country team ran to the No. 3 spot in the newest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, announced by the national organization.
October 15, 2010
Tornado record falls again at Royal XC Challenge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The King College men's cross country team saw the school record lowered by Nassem Haje Friday at the Royal Cross Country Challenge as the Tornado ran past region foes.
October 12, 2010
Another week at No. 5 for Tornado Cross Country in Southeast Region
NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College was No. 5 for a third straight week in the latest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, announced Tuesday.
October 5, 2010
Tornado Cross Country No. 5 for a second straight week
NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College remained No. 5 in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, announced Tuesday.
October 2, 2010
Haje runs to school record for Tornado at Greater Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - King College's Naseem Haje broke the Tornado Cross Country school record at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic with two more personal bests at the event Saturday.
September 29, 2010
Tornado Cross Country No. 5 in USTFCC Southeast ranking
NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College moved back into the Top-5 in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region men's ranking, the organization announced Wednesday.
September 28, 2010
King Cross Country helps at Bristol Cross
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College cross country team went into the community Saturday by volunteering at the Bristol Cross event.
September 22, 2010
Tornado Cross Country just outside Southeast Top 5
NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College slipped to No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Week 1 NCAA Division II Cross Country Southeast regional men's rankings, the organization announced Tuesday.
September 3, 2010
Personal bests starts 2010 for King cross country
BOONE, N.C. - The King College men's and women's cross country teams started the 2010 season Friday at the Covered Bridge Invitational and three personal bests were established against a talented field.
August 26, 2010
No. 5 spot for Tornado Cross Country in region
NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College starts 2010 as the No. 5 squad in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason NCAA Division II southeast regional men's rankings, the organization announced.
Midnight Madness to Make its Return on Monday, Oct. 15
Students, faculty, and staff: Come celebrate the return of Midnight Madness recognizing all 24 varsity teams heading into the winter season!
Frantom Highlights at Covered Bridge Open
Spencer Frantom led all Tornado runners finishing 16th overall in the men's 8k Covered Bridge Invitational