Women’s Cross Country Ranked Second in Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll

The King College women's cross country team was ranked second in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Wednesday morning.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Cross Country continued receiving preseason recognition after the release of the Women's Cross Country Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Lady Tornado were ranked second behind Mount Olive College to begin the season, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

King received two first place votes of the possible 12 and finished the poll with 107 points, just five

points behind the favored Mount Olive Trojans. Mount Olive received three first place votes while three-time defending champion Queens University of Charlotte was ranked third but lead the league with six votes for the top spot. Round out the top-five were Lees-McRae (88) and Belmont Abbey (78), respectively.


Rank


School

Points
(first place votes)

1

Mount Olive

112 (3)

2

King

107 (2)

3

Queens (N.C.)

103 (6)

4

Lees-McRae

88

5

Belmont Abbey

78

6

Barton

63

7

Pfeiffer

56

8

Erskine

48

9

Converse

47

10

Limestone

43

11

Coker

27

12

North Greenville

20

Last season, the Lady Tornado finished third at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championship behind four of top-16 finishes before advancing to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship. King finished fourth at the Regional Championship behind 2011 All-Region selection Kendra Sokol's 16th place finish in the 6k course.

The team will return four of its starting five from a season ago, helping earn the number-two ranking in the conference preseason poll. Sokol is part of the returning squad that will help the Lady Tornado compete for a conference championship and bid for a National Championship appearance. Joining the junior Kingsport, Tenn. native is seniors Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) and Danielle Beauvais (Winchester, Va.), plus junior Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.). Three of those four returners currently rank inside the King all-time top-10 times on a 5k course, all with sub-20-minute marks.

King begins the 2012 season at the Berry Invitational on Sept. 1 in Rome, Ga. The gun will sound at 8 a.m., marking the start of the team's run toward their first Conference Championship and a return to the National Championships.