Lady Tornado Cross Country holds onto potential NCAA qualifying mark

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College women's cross country squad held onto the No. 2 spot in the latest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region ranking, the national organization announced.

This marks the third straight week King has been No. 2 in the region. The Southeast Region will send the top two teams from the Nov. 20 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship to the NCAA Division II National Championship on Dec. 4 in which King will try to qualify for.

The Top-4 teams in the region remained in order as Queens (N.C.) University of Charlotte was No. 1 with King No. 2. Columbus State (Ga.) University and Augusta State (Ga.) University were No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Anderson (S.C.) University jumped two spots to No. 5.

Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University held onto No. 6. Mount Olive (N.C.) College made the leap to No. 7, up two spots while Clayton State (Ga.) University did not move from No. 8. UNC Pembroke fell a total of four places to No. 9 while Wingate (N.C.) University rounded out the Top-10 for a second straight week.

The Peach Belt Conference placed four teams in the Top-10 with Columbus State, Augusta State, UNC Pembroke and Clayton State. The South Atlantic Conference's Anderson, Lenoir-Rhyne, and Wingate were included. Conference Carolinas put Queens and Mount Olive into the report while King was the only independent squad from any of the eight regions.

King was able to see the course that the Southeast Region will be contested on at the Royal Cross Country Challenge Friday. The Lady Tornado finished 10th in the team standings as the squad had five runners break the 20-minute mark for a second-straight event.

At the Royal Cross Country Challenge, Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) broke her school record for a second straight race with a time of 18 minutes and 17.6 seconds, 19 seconds faster than her previous program record. She finished third among NCAA Division II runners in the field and 17th overall.

Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.) lowered her personal best by three seconds after running 18:52.2. An 11-second personal best is how Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.) performed with her time of 19:29.4.

Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) ran the Royal Cross Country Challenge in 19:37.3 while Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) crossed the finish line at the 19:49.7 mark.

Next for King will be the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. on Nov. 5.

The next regional ranking will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 26.