Lady Tornado Cross Country makes the grade to top USTFCCCA list

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College women's cross country team was among 107 NCAA Division II squads honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association with All-Academic status as the Lady Tornado had the highest cumulative team GPA of all honorees.

King, in the program's first season as a NCAA Division II program, had a team GPA of 3.77 ahead of Gannon with a 3.74.

A day earlier the Lady Tornado had six athletes named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic squad with Danielle Alfano (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.), Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.), Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.), Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) among the 313 students athletes honored.

The Lady Tornado ran to a 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship after finishing second in the Southeast Region.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have compiled a score (finished at least five runners) at their respective NCAA regional championship.