Both Tornado teams received a bye week in preparation of the Conference Carolinas Championships being held in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 21. The top three positions on both the men's and women's side of the Southeast region poll were untouched, with King nestled in between league foes Queens (N.C.) and in front of Mount Olive.
"We are right there with some of last year's national top-10 cross country programs," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "For King to be named alongside of those teams tells us that we are making great strides at competing with teams of that caliber."
Over the last week, Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) has been recognized by the College and Conference Carolinas with accolades stemming from his most recent performance at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing eleventh overall and just seconds from matching his school-record-setting time set in September. Frantom was named the SAAC Male Athlete of the Month by the King College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on Oct. 8 and just days prior was named the Conference Carolinas Male Runner of the Week (Oct. 5).
Dalton said, "The team is excited about competing in our first Conference Carolinas Championship and to once again represent King at regionals with goals to and make it to Nationals."
At the Greater Louisville Classic (Louisville, Ky.) on Oct. 1, the men's team had all five runners cross the finish line before the turn of the 27-minute marker and featured fellow Morristown, Tenn. native, Jordan Noe, set a new personal record with a 26:07.95 time.
The women's team continued to show improvement as a squad behind the leadership of Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.) and Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) who finished at The Classic one second apart to lead the team. The Lady Tornado improve their team spread time by nearly 40 seconds from their previous race in Clemson, S.C. in September.
The top two finishers in each region poll are awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament held on Nov. 19. The King women's Cross Country team finished second in the Southeast region a season ago, making them the first Tornado team to advance to a NCAA national tournament in school history after its transition from NAIA in 2010. The men narrowly missed the National Tournament last season, finishing third in the region.