SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With uncertainty coming into the season, the King University women's cross country team started the 2014 season off on a high note. In the competitive Eye Opener Invitational that featured numerous NCAA Division I teams, the Tornado finish fourth overall and second among NCAA Division II teams.
Amelia Martin led the Tornado squad of all freshmen with a time of 19:20.25, finishing in fifth place behind three runners from Davidson University and one from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Martin was only 21 seconds off the winning time of 18:59.66. She was followed by Lilly Hall and Hannah Sanford who finished 25th and 26th, respectively. Hall posted a time of 20:37.54 while Sanford finished in 20:38.03.
Maggie Edwards and Haylea Seals rounded out the top five Tornado runners with times of 21:10.77 and 21:14.52. Abbi Pierce followed at 22:11.34 and Maddy Carmody finished in 22:16.87 to round out the squad.
Davidson finished first at the meet with SCAD taking second. The University of North Georgia was the top NCAA Division II team, finishing third overall while the Tornado finished just behind the Nighthawks, and USC Upstate rounded out the top five.
King will be in action again on September 13 at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C.