NEW ORLEANS, La. - The King College women's cross country maintained a No. 2 ranking again in the latest edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, the national organization announced Tuesday.
King owns the No. 2 spot for a fifth straight report. The No. 2 ranking is important down the stretch as 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 in the program's first season as NCAA Division II member.
No movement was made in the region as Queens (N.C.) University of Charlotte was No. 1 with King No. 2. Columbus State (Ga.) University, Augusta State (Ga.) University and Anderson (S.C.) University were placed from No. 3 to No. 5, respectively.
UNC Pembroke held onto the No. 6 spot. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University, Mount Olive (N.C.) College, Clayton State (Ga.) University and Georgia College and State University were the final four in the Top-10.
Half of the region ranking was filled by teams from the Peach Belt Conference, Columbus State, Augusta State, UNC Pembroke, Clayton State and Georgia College and State. Conference Carolinas and the South Atlantic Conference both had two teams apiece. Conference Carolinas put Queens and Mount Olive in the ranking. Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne were from the South Atlantic. Once again 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 the last time out on Oct. 15. 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. Overall King's margin from the No. 1 to No. 5 runners was just one minute and 32 seconds and the team's average time was 19:13.2 on the 5k course.
At the Royal Cross Country Challenge, Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) broke her school record for a second straight race with a time of 18:17.6, 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.
The Lady Tornado squad will compete at the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday. The 5,000 meter race will be contested at the Panorama Farms Cross Country Course which was the site of the 2006 and 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
The next regional ranking will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 9.