Generals Top ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll

Generals Top ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll

W&L Earns 10 First Place Votes, Four Separated by Four Points

FOREST, Va. --- Two-time defending champion Washington and Lee University is the clear favorite atop the ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll with 120 points and 10 first place votes, but just four tallies separate the next four teams in the annual coaches' survey. Roanoke College slots in second with 95 points, while Eastern Mennonite University chimes in third with 92 markers. Bridgewater College and Lynchburg College both occupy fourth position, each having picked up one first place vote and 91 total points.

The Generals ran away with the 2016 conference title at Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista, Va., racking up just 38 points with all five of its scoring runners picking up All-ODAC honors. Samantha Yates (22:53.3) and Maggie Seybold (23:19.4) finished 2-3 in the individual ranks and were joined by Kirsten McMichael (8th - 23:44.4), Julia Moody (24:07.8) and Katie Bearup (24:20.3) as All-ODAC Second Team performers. Moody proved the top first-year runner in the field, affording her ODAC Rookie of the Year recognition. Roanoke's Kerri Dalton (22:39.1) claimed the individual crown.

At the South/Southeast Regional Championships hosted by Berry College, Washington and Lee came up a few spots short of joining the Generals' men's team in qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships. Dalton (6th - 22:41.4) again led the ODAC contingent with Virginia Wesleyan University's (then VWC) Marissa Coombs (7th - 22:44.9) tight on her heels. Yates (9th - 22:50.0) stopped the watches a few places behind Dalton and Coombs and just one spot ahead of teammate Seybold (22:58.7).

Strong regional performances earned Dalton, Yates, and Coombs a trip to Louisville, Ky., for the Divsion III championships. Dalton led the way with a 129th place (22:09.0) finish. Yates (22:10.3) crossed the line less than a second later in 132nd position, while Coombs ended her season in 160th place (22:21.3).

For the second straight year, a majority of the all-conference performers from a season ago are set to return in 2017. That includes all five of Washington and Lee's all-league standouts. Lynchburg features the first team duo of Morgan Alvis (5th - 23:28.4) and Samantha Schreiber (6th - 23:32.3), with Coombs (7th - 23:39.2) -- an All-American in track & field -- rounding out the first team returners. Guilford College features Sommer Fanney (10th - 23:58.8) and Shenandoah University welcomes back Emily Miller (12th - 24:09.0). EMU's Megan Good (13th - 23:32.3) completes the list of 11 returning All-ODAC competitors.

The 2017 campaign begins with a series of events on Friday, September 1.  That includes the ODAC Preview, which will be hosted by eventual championship caretaker Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins welcome each of the league's squads to Virginia Beach on Saturday, October 28, to decide this year's title winners.

Listed below is the 2017 ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll as well as preview capsules for each of the ODAC women's cross country programs.  For more information on ODAC women's cross country, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

2017 ODAC WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Washington and Lee University (10) 120 pts.
2. Roanoke College 95 pts.
3. Eastern Mennonite University 92 pts.
4. Bridgewater College (1) 91 pts.
4. Lynchburg College (1) 91 pts.
6. Shenandoah University 79 pts.
7. Virginia Wesleyan University 68 pts.
8. Emory & Henry College 44 pts.
9. Guilford College 38 pts.
10. Randolph College 33 pts.
11. Hollins University 25 pts.
12. Sweet Briar College 16 pts.
 

 


 

2017 Poll Position: T-4th
Head Coach: Brian Flynn
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 5th (130 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Magdalene Mann - 24:22.4 (15th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 13th (384 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Magdalene Mann - 24:03.0 (45th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Calista Ariel - 23:47.2 (Don Cathcart)
  2017 Poll Position: 10th
Head Coach: Bill Cooper
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: No team score
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Taylor Rama - 26:39.4 (42nd)
2016 Regionals Finish: No team score
2016 Regionals Top Time: Taylor Rama - 26:11.9 (122nd)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Baylee Snead - 23:27.6 (Maroon Inv.)
  6K Course: Sophia Dill - 28:41.8 (Gettysburg)
     
2017 Poll Position: 3rd
Head Coach: Hannah Chappell-Dick
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 3rd (103 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Megan Good - 24:16.2 (13th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 10th (322 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Laurie Serrell - 24:38.9 (63rd)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Megan Good
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Kat Lehman - 23:29.9 (Paul Short)
  2017 Poll Position: 2nd
Head Coach: Kirk Nauman
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 2nd (67 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Kerri Dalton - 22:39.1 (1st)
2016 Regionals Finish: 7th (182 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Kerri Dalton - 22:41.4 (6th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: Kerri Dalton - 22:09.0 (129th)
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Jennifer Barthol - 20:23.40 (Asheville)
  6K Course: Jennifer Barthol - 24:07.4 (Gettysburg)
     
2017 Poll Position: 8th
Head Coach: Ian Layne
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 8th (229 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Erica Grupp - 25:31.9 (30th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 23rd (654 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Erica Grupp - 25:01.3 (80th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Erica Grupp - 21:47.3 (Greensboro)
  6K Course: Erica Grupp - 24:48.1 (Piedmont)
  2017 Poll Position: 6th
Head Coach: Andy Marrocco
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 4th (126 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Shelby Shrader - 23:53.9 (9th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 11th (325th)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Shelby Shrader - 23:45.8 (33rd)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Emily Miller
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Emily Miller - 21:43.9 (Hornet Harrier)
  6K Course: Emily Miller - 24:00.7 (Rowan)
     
2017 Poll Position: 9th
Head Coach: Jamie McNeair-Reese
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 9th (233 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Sommer Fanney - 23:58.8 (10th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 24th (666 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Sommer Fanney - 25:18.4 (91st)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Sommer Fanney
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Sommer Fanney - 21:12.5 (Chick-Fil-A)
  6K Course: Sommer Fanney - 23:58.8 (ODAC Champs)
  2017 Poll Position: 12th
Head Coach: Megan Behrle
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 11th (310 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Victoria Lawson - 28:44.9 (62nd)
2016 Regionals Finish: Did not compete
2016 Regionals Top Time: N/A
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Victoria Lawson - 24:41.8 (Greensboro)
  6K Course: Victoria Lawson - 28:44.9 (ODAC Champs)
     
2017 Poll Position: 11th
Head Coaches: Jenny Logan/Brian Kastner
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 10th (281 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Jhovanna Ramirez-Salmeron - 27:26.6 (50th)
2016 Regionals Finish: Did not compete
2016 Regionals Top Time: N/A
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Jhovanna Ramirez-Salmeron - 22:31.0 (Hagan Stone)
  6K Course: Jhovanna Ramirez-Salmeron - 27:19.8 (Gettysburg)
  2017 Poll Position: 7th
Head Coach: Krista Littleton
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 7th (155 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Marissa Coombs - 23:39.2 (7th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 14th (415 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Marissa Coombs - 22:44.9 (7th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: Marissa Coombs - 22:21.3 (160th)
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 Marissa Coombs
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Marissa Coombs - 22:43.0 (Gettysburg)
     
2017 Poll Position: T-4th
Head Coach: Jim Sprecher
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 6th (134 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Morgan Alvis - 23:28.4 (5th)
2016 Regionals Finish: No team score
2016 Regionals Top Time: Morgan Alvis - 23:32.8 (24th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 Morgan Alvis, Samantha Schreiber
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Samantha Schreiber - 22:28.7 (Oberlin)
  2017 Poll Position: 1st
Head Coach: Mike Dager
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 1st (38 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Samantha Yates - 22:53.3 (2nd)
2016 Regionals Finish: 4th (126 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Samantha Yates - 22:50.0 (9th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: Samantha Yates - 22:10.3 (132nd)
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 Samantha Yates, Maggie Seybold
  Second Team: Kirsten McMichael, Julia Moody, Katie Bearup
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Samantha Yates - 18:59.0 (Royals Challenge)
  6K Course: Samantha Yates - 22:10.3 (NCAA Champs)