CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Following a couple weeks off, the King University men's cross country team returned to action at the Royals Challenge, hosted at McAlpine Park in Charlotte where four Tornado set personal records. Tanner Cook posted the highest finished for the Tornado who took 15th as a team in a meet that contained 35 teams.
FINAL RESULTS: King 15th/35
LOCATION: McAlpine Park, Charlotte, N.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Cook finished 40th with a time of 25:51.8, marking his first time under 26:00 this season.
- James Russell Ballowe was the first Tornado to set a personal record, coming in with a time of 26:09.4.
- Coming in next was Charles Ramos with a personal best time of 26:42.0.
- Morgan Greene also set a personal record with a time of 27:18.0.
- Finishing next for King was Tyler Edwards who finished the race in 28:27.7.
- Caleb Greene was the final Tornado to set a personal record, coming in with a time of 30:04.4.
- Finishing 15th, King finished ahead of three NCAA Division I teams that competed at the meet.
FOR THE FOES
- Campbell University finished first at the meet with the University of Mount Olive taking second.
- Campbell also had the first two individual finishers as Lawrence Kipkoech took the individual title with a time of 23:32.3.
- The top NCAA Division II individual was Alex Griggs of Mars Hill University who took fourth with a time of 24:23.1.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- This marked the second straight race that Ballowe was bettered his personal record, beating his previous best time of 26:36.28 by nearly 30 seconds.
- Ramos also set a personal record for the second time in as many meets, and finished under the 27-minute mark for the first time in his career. His previous career best was 27:04.76.
- For Morgan Greene, his time of topped his previous best of 28:28.91, which was set a King's last meet.
- Caleb Greene also set a personal record for the second time in as many meets, bettering his time of 30:35.92.
- King will be in action again on Friday, October 23 at the Conference Carolinas Championships which will be held at Frank K. Lisle Park in Concord, N.C.