October 12, 2010

King Women's Cross Country at No. 2 for second week in a row

NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College was No. 2 in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Southeast Region women's ranking, the organization announced Tuesday. This marks the second straight week for the Lady Tornado at the No. 2 spot.

King along with No. 1 Queens (N.C.) University and No. 3 Columbus State (Ga.) University was the only three teams not to shuffle in the Southeast Ranking.

Augusta State (Ga.) University came up to No. 4, a two-spot climb, while UNC Pembroke went from not in the Top-10 to No. 5.

Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University and Anderson (S.C.) University were both knocked down two spots to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.

Clayton State (Ga.) University and Wingate (N.C.) University climbed back into the Top-10 at No. 8 and No. 10. Sandwiched in between was No. 9 Mount Olive (N.C.) College who slipped a pair of spots.

Georgia College and State University, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College and Converse (S.C.) College were all knocked out of the Top-10.

The last time out for the Lady Tornado runners was at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Oct. 2 where the team finished fifth in a field of 34 teams. King posted an average of 19 minutes and 16 seconds at the event as all five runners broke the 20-minute mark. Included was a school-record run from Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) at 18:36.27, 23 seconds faster than her old program record. King had three personal bests from upperclassmen at the event by a combined 95 seconds while two freshmen raced to No. 6 and No. 7 on King's All-Time Top-10 list.

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 Lenoir-Rhyne, Anderson 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.

Coming up for the Lady Tornado squad will be the Royal Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., Friday. The race will be on the same course as the NCAA Division II Southeast Region scheduled for Nov. 20. The top two teams at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region will earn automatic bids for the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship.

The next regional ranking will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 19.