Young Tornado try to get back to top of Conference Carolinas

Photo Credit: Earl Carter
Photo Credit: Earl Carter

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Field – Parks Field
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NCAA HISTORY

First Year of NCAA Membership – 2010
Highest Conference Carolinas Finish (number of times, last) – 1st (3, 2014)
Highest Southeast Regional Finish (year) – 2nd (2010)
NCAA Championship Appearances (last) – 1 (2010)
Highest NCAA Championship Finish
– 22nd (2010)

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach, season – Amanda Williamson, 2nd season
Men's Cross Country Office Phone – (423) 652-6348
Assistant Coach – Desmond Pierce

TEAM INFORMATION

Conference Carolinas Finish Last Year – 5th
NCAA Southeast Regional Finish Last Year – 19th
Starters Returning / Lost – 4 / 2
Letterwinners Returning / Lost
– 4 / 2

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

- King was picked to finish fifth

TOP RETURNING RUNNERS

Sophomore Kayce Byrnside (finished conference championship in 22:13.1 and posted her fastest 5k time of 20:42.5 at the Royals Challenge)
Junior Maggie Edwards (led King at the conference championships, finishing 32nd in 22:05.4, posted her fastes 5k time of the year of 21:16.6 at the Royals Challenge)
Sophomore Sarah Minchey (set fastest 5k time of the year of 22:53.0 at the Royals Challenge)
Junior Abbi Pierce (fastest 5k time of 24:04.7 came at the Royals Challenge)

NEWCOMERS

Kirstin Barton, San Antonio, Texas (John Paul Stevens HS)
Kaitlin Rivera, Knoxville, Tenn. (homeschool)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- Tornado open the season on September at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
- The Conference Carolinas Championship is scheduled for October 21 at Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C.
- The NCAA Southeast Regional Championship is slated for November 5 in Montevallo, Ala., and the NCAA Championships are scheduled for November 19 at Abbey Course in St. Leo, Fla.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS 

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620