Cats in College: Akerhielm, King both place third

From Staff Reports

LUBBOCK -- A pair of Hopkins County graduates helped their respective track teams to the championships at the Red Raider Classic on Saturday.

Baylor senior Klint King of Sulphur Springs ran a 4:10.64 mile to take third in that event. While on the women's side, Texas Tech junior Tracie Akerhielm also finished third in the mile with a clocking 5:04.50.

The Baylor men won the meet with 149 points, while the Tech women did the same in their division with 163.5 points.

Competing in the Big 12, Akerhielm has been named All-Conference in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and was a member of the 4xmile relay team that set a school record last season. She also received an at-large bid to run the 5,000 meters at the NCAA national meet.

King, also an All-Big 12 runner in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, owns the Baylor school record in the 5,000 meters, which he set while qualifying for the NCAA national meet last year. He also qualified for the NCAA cross country meet and ran a leg on the school-record 4x1,500 relay team in 2003.

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