King, Akerhielm named All-Big 12 in indoor track
From Staff Reports

March 5, 2004 -- Baylor senior Kyle King earned All-Big 12 honors in indoor track last weekend, as he anchored the distance medley relay to a first place finish and was second individually in the 3,000-meter race.

He was one of two Hopkins County graduates to earn the conference honor, as North Hopkins' Tracie Akerhielm placed sixth in the 5,000-meter race for Texas Tech.

King, a Sulphur Springs High School graduate, helped Baylor to a third-place finish in the Big 12 Indoor Championships held in Lincoln, Neb. It equaled the school's best finish in a conference indoor meet.

King finished second in the 3,000 meter race with a time of 8 minutes, 12.36 seconds, a personal best and the third-fastest time in school history. With that performance, he was named an All-Big 12 for the third straight indoor season.

He also teamed with Bo Price, Robert Quiroga and Korey Wright to take first in the distance medley relay, the second straight championship in that event. The team ran a time of 9:49.40.

King is scheduled to run in the NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13 at Randall Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville, Ark.

As a SSHS student, King was a two-time district champion in the 3,200 meters and a three-time state qualifier. He holds the school record in the 3,200 meters (9:25.00) and the 5,000 meters (15.34.00), set in 1999. He is the son of Chuck and Lynette King.

Also earning All-Big 12 honors was Texas Tech' Akerhielm, a junior from North Hopkins.

Akerhielm was sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17 minutes, 2.26 seconds. She also placed 11th in the 3,000 meters in a 9:52.26 clocking.

She has been All-Conference both indoors and outdoors and was named Academic All-Big 12 last year with a 4.0 GPA. In high school, she was the state champion and set a state record in the 1,600.

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