Lady Tornado start season No. 6 in region

NEW ORLEANS, La. - King College landed at No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason NCAA Division II southeast regional women's rankings, the organization announced.

King was the only independent squad in any of the eight regional ranking. The Lady Tornado was just behind No. 5 Anderson (S.C.) University. Columbus State (Ga.) University and Queens (N.C.) University of Charlotte were placed No. 1 and No. 2, respectively which is where the two finished 2009 in the region. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University starts the season No. 3 while Augusta State (Ga.) University lands at No. 4.

Behind King were Lees-McRae (N.C.) College, Clayton State (Ga.) University, Georgia College and State University and the University of Montevallo (Ala.) from No. 7 to No. 10, respectively.

The Peach Belt Conference had half of the ten teams with Columbus State, Augusta State, Clayton State, George College and Montevallo. The only Conference Carolinas members were Lees-McRae and Queens while Lenoir-Rhyne and Anderson represented the South Atlantic Conference.

The order was selected by a representative in each region and the preseason ranking was based on returning and new runners on each squad. The next regional ranking will be released on Sept. 21.

King opens the 2010 season with the Covered Bridge Invitational on Sept. 3 in Boone, N.C.

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