CONCORD, N.C. – At the beginning of the year, the King University women's cross country team, comprised of all freshmen, had a challenge front of them as the preseason Conference Carolinas favorite to win a third straight league title. On Friday evening that goal came to fruition as the Tornado won their third straight title behind 2014 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Amelia Martin who finished second at the meet.
Martin came in with a 5k time of 19:13.40 to lead King as she has done all year. With her performance, the Blacksburg, South Carolina native was named first team All-Conference Carolinas and the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year. Not far behind was Hannah Green who finished seventh, earning second team all-conference honors with a time of 19:50.20.
Coming in next for the Tornado were Lilly Hall and Hannah Sanford, both earning third team all-conference honors. Hall came in 10th with a time of 20:06.00 while Sanford finished 11th, only three seconds later at 20:09.00. King placed all seven runners in the top-20 as the final three finished 17-19. Maggie Edwards led this group finishing 17th with a personal record time of 20:29.00. Maddy Carmody was next at 20:31.10 to take 18th and Abbi Pierce rounded out the squad with a 19th place finish in 20:34.40.
For King this marks their third straight Conference Carolinas championship, and Peter Dalton was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for the third straight season. The University of Mount Olive finished second while Limestone College took third.
King will be in action again on November 22 when they travel back to Montevallo, Alabama for the NCAA Southeast Regional. The NCAA Regional will be a 6k race.