BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Cross Country has been tabbed second in the Southeast region after the release of the USTFCCCA rankings today. Both Tornado and Lady Tornado teams have now been named second in the region for five weeks running.
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The top of the regional rankings went unchanged for the third week in a row with three Conference Carolina school dominating the top spots for the entire season. Nationally-ranked Queens University (N.C.) rests in first place while Mount Olive University sits on the other side of King in third in both polls.
The announcement comes during the week of the Conference Carolina Championships being held this Friday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina. Queens will serve as the host institution for the Championships with the race being held at McAlpine Park in Charlotte for the third consecutive year. The women's 5K race will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST with the men to follow at 5:00 p.m.
King has been idle since their last race on Oct. 1 at the Greater Louisville Classic where both individual and team highlights were witnessed in their final regular season meet. School record-holding runner Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) led the Tornado with an 11thoverall finish (25:17.94). Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) and Jordan Noe (Morristown, Tenn.) are both expected to help the Tornado impact the Conference Championships and next week's regional rankings. Led by Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.) and Kendra Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) the Lady Tornado have been steadily improving individually and as a team and are expected to make waves in Friday's meet.
"We have used our time away from competition to sharpen our race fitness levels," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "This is where both teams need to be running their strongest and we're confident that we are going to run well on Friday."
King will race against many of the same teams participating in the Regional Championships, set for Nov. 5 in Charlotte.
"This is like round one of two for us," said Dalton. "With strong teams like Queens and Mount Olive on either side of us in the regional rankings, both races are going to have very heated competition for the rights to go to Nationals."
Both of Queens' cross country teams are ranked nationally by the USTFCCCA. The Royals men's team is currently ranked 15th in the country and the women not far behind achieving No. 18 in the nation. New national rankings will be released by the Association on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
"It is a tough task," said Dalton of the upcoming meet, "but the men are looking for an upset and are capable of it. The women have a great challenge ahead as well but look to hold themselves to the standard of their competition, which is great. Both teams are going to give the field a run for their money this Friday."