CONCORD, N.C. – The King University men’s cross country team turned in a stellar performance on Friday afternoon at the Conference Carolinas Championship. The Tornado finished runner-up, placing five runners in the top 21, led by Jordan Keith who finished fifth.
In his first collegiate race, Keith crossed the tape in 16:32.7 to finish fifth and earn first team all-conference honors. Kade McDonald came in 10th with a time of 16:59.2, earning second team all-conference honors.Coming in next was Josh Booher, who finished 18th with a time of 17:21.8.A trio of Tornado were next to cross the finish line. Jesus Pacheco came in 20th with a time of 17:26.0, Jake Allison finished 21st in 17:33.4 and Joel Parker came in 22nd with a time of 17:34.2. Coming in 30th with Mason Thomas who finished in 17:52.5. Blaine Metcalf finished 34th, crossing the tape in 18:09.7.
Emmanuel College won the event with all five runners in the top 20. Cas Kopmels of the University of Mount Olive the individual champion with a time of 15:32.37.
Keith earns all-conference honors in his freshman season. McDonald, a senior garners all-conference honors for the first time in his career.
The runner-up finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship for King is sixth in program history. And first since 2015. The Tornado finished runner-up five straight times from 2011-15