ODAC Cross Country News Archive

2018-19 ODAC Cross Country News


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2017-18 ODAC Cross Country News


January 19, 2018
Eastern Mennonite University has announced Bob Hepler as the Head Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field. Hepler will start in Harrisonburg early this summer, upon completion of his 14th season in a similar role at the University of Texas at Tyler.

November 18, 2017
Bridgewater College junior Jamie Hiegel headlined a set of ODAC runners for the third straight race on Saturday afternoon in Elsah, Ill., as he led a group of five runners from conference member institutions at the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

November 16, 2017
Virginia Wesleyan University senior Marissa Coombs and Bridgewater College junior Jamie Hiegel highlight the final conference awards for cross country this season as the ODAC's head coaches completed the 2017 All-ODAC awards process. Coombs and Hiegel were named the ODAC Women's and Men's Runners of the Year, respectively.

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2016-17 ODAC Cross Country News


June 8, 2017
For the second straight year, Washington and Lee University and Eastern Mennonite University feature in the ODAC's highest scholar-athlete honors. Generals' women's tennis star Brooke Donnelly is joined by Royals' men's track & field and cross country standout Tyler Denlinger as the winners of the 2017 Marjorie Berkley and Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Scholar-Athlete Awards, as selected by the ODAC Board of Directors.

November 19, 2016
Bridgewater College sophomore Jamie Hiegel placed 59th overall in the men's competition to highlight the ODAC's contingent of student-athletes at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

November 12, 2016
Washington and Lee finished second overall in the men's edition of the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday, highlighting a strong showing by ODAC athletes competing in Rome, Ga. The Generals runner-up showing awards them an automatic bid into next weekend's national championships at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

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2015-16 ODAC Cross Country News


June 6, 2016
Eastern Mennonite University and Washington and Lee University added to their awards quota for the 2015-16 season as the ODAC Board of Directors announced the annual winners of the top scholar-athlete awards in the conference. Royals' cross country and track & field star Hannah Chappell-Dick was selected as the Marjorie Berkley Award winner, while Generals' tennis standout Michael Holt was tabbed for the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Award.

June 6, 2016
Dr. Finn Pincus, who just completed his 25th year as head coach of the Roanoke College Cross Country and Track & Field programs, announced Monday that he is retiring. Pincus will remain as a part-time assistant coach for the cross country programs through the end of the 2016 season. Roanoke Director of Athletics Scott Allison said a search for a new Director of Cross Country and Track & Field will begin immediately.

December 14, 2015
Hollins University has announced that they will be adding cross country to their roster of sport offerings for 2016-17. Hollins will compete in a full schedule and become the 10thteam competing for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship in the fall of 2016.

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2014-15 ODAC Cross Country News


January 8, 2015
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2014-15 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the fall sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the sixth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship. Seventy-five athletes were honored this season.

November 22, 2014
Bridgewater standout Kaylee Kubisiak led a handful of ODAC runners at the 2014 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Kubisiak was one of two individuals competing on the women's side from conference schools. Four individuals and the enter Eagles squad competed in the men's ranks. Kubisiak placed 60th overall, completing the 6K course in 22:52.7.

November 19, 2014
Men's cross country runner and South/Southeast Region Athlete of the Year Ryan Gehman recently shared his story personal story with WHSV-TV. It is a story of being an elite student-athlete while persevering through several challenges, including Asperger's, anxiety/panic disorder, and severe food allergies. Ryan hopes to inspire young people that they can overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams and goals.

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2013-14 ODAC Cross Country News


June 3, 2014
Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Michael Dager as head women's cross country and assistant women's track & field coach effective July 1. Dager comes to W&L from Gwynedd Mercy University, where he has served as the head men's and women's track & field coach since 2007 and the head men's and women's cross country coach since 2009.

June 2, 2014
One school received its record 19th season-ending individual honor while the other earned just its second such prize as the ODAC Board of Directors announced its top two individual student-athlete awards on Monday. Washington and Lee University cross country and track star Annelise Madison was recognized as the Marjorie Berkley Award recipient, while Guilford College baseball standout John Macon Smith took home the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Award.

March 20, 2014
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its 2013 fall postgraduate scholarship winners and Washington and Lee's Lauren Schultz '13 was among the 29 Division I, II and III women that were recognized. The selection of Schultz gives the Generals 18 scholarship winners in the last 11 years and 37 W&L athletes have been honored since 1970.

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2012-13 ODAC Cross Country News


May 31, 2013
Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Brandon Spalding as head men's cross country and assistant men's track & field coach effective July 1. Spalding, a 2009 graduate from Bridgewater College, comes to W&L from Rhodes College, where he served as an assistant men's and women's cross country and assistant men's and women's track & field coach for the last two years.

November 30, 2012
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2012 ODAC/StellarOne Sportsmanship Teams in each of seven fall sports sponsored by the conference. This marks the fourth year the league has recognized these fine student-athletes for their excellence in sportsmanship.

November 17, 2012
Bridgewater College senior Olivia Mills and Lynchburg College junior Cody Stanton both finished inside the top-35 in their respective races to earn All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The duo leads an ODAC contingent that included eight individuals and the LC men's team.

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November 12, 2011
For the second straight year, the Lynchburg men's cross country team highlighted the ODAC's contingent at the South/Southeast Regionals on Saturday as the Hornets won the team title. LC's team plus five individuals from ODAC schools will compete in the nationals. On the women's side, at least two individuals will travel to Oshkosh, Wisc., next weekend.

October 29, 2011
Lynchburg and Bridgewater split the 2011 ODAC Cross Country Championship races on Saturday. The Hornets came out on top in the men's 8K race, while the Eagles earned #1 billing through the women's 6K chase. Roanoke’s Tim Smith and BC's Olivia Mills won the individual crowns and subsequent ODAC Runner of the Year awards.

October 29, 2011
Lynchburg and Bridgewater took home the men's and women's titles, respectively, at the 2011 ODAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Claytor Nature Center in Bedford, Va. BC's Olivia Mills won the women's individual crown, while Roanoke's Tim Smith secured the men's top award.

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2010-11 Cross Country News


January 16, 2011
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the hiring of Jason Lewkowicz as its cross country and track & field coach. Lewkowicz will finish out the 2010-11 athletic year at Hannibal-LaGrange University, where he holds the same position, before moving to Harrisonburg this summer to take over the reins of the Royals' program. Lewkowicz replaces Matt Dougherty.

December 20, 2010
Lynchburg's Dr. Jack Toms was one of six individuals to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame. Toms joined Cleve Abbott of Tuskegee, Doug Watts of Edinboro, Bert Lyle of Texas Woman’s University, Jeanette Bolden of UCLA and Chick Hislop of Weber State in the Class of 2010. Very few non-Division I coaches have been inducted in the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame.

December 3, 2010
Seven student-athletes from Old Dominion Athletic Conference member schools earned a 2010 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award during the fall athletic schedule. Farm Bureau Insurance is the proud presenter of each award for the ODAC's 22 sponsored sports.

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2009-10 Cross Country News


May 12, 2010
Bridgewater College Director of Athletics Curt Kendall announced Wednesday that Brian Flynn has been hired as the new men's and women's cross country head coach. Flynn will also serve as an assistant track and field coach for the Eagles. Flynn comes to Bridgewater after one year as a Division I assistant coach at UNC-Greensboro.

April 27, 2010
Just three days after leading his Lynchburg outdoor men’s track & field team to the 2010 ODAC Championship and earning conference Coach of the Year honors, head men’s cross country and track and field coach Dr. Jack Toms announced his retirement Tuesday from coaching, effective at the end of the season. He will remain as the director of athletics at the school.

December 22, 2009
Washington and Lee University cross country athlete, Robert Warneford-Thomson, is one of eight student-athletes from Old Dominion Athletic Conference member schools to earn a 2009 ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award during the fall athletic schedule. Warneford-Thomson was tabbed from a pool of nominees by a vote of each of the conference’s sports information directors.

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2008-09 Cross Country News


June 29, 2009
Washington and Lee seniors Becca Taylor and Elizabeth Webb have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Team as selected by CoSIDA. Both Taylor and Webb were tabbed to the third team.

April 29, 2009
Washington and Lee cross country and track & field athlete Elizabeth Webb has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. The award is a $7,500 scholarship for academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

March 23, 2009
Washington and Lee, Lynchburg and Roanoke each earned team recognition on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams. The Generals also placed five runners on the individual lists while the Hornets placed a pair.

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2007-08 Cross Country News


October 27, 2007
Washington & Lee University swept the ODAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon, marking the fourth consecutive time the Generals’ harriers have claimed both races. Lynchburg College’s Ricky Flynn topped the men’s contingent while W&L’s Kat Telfeyan one-upped her 2006 Rookie of the Year to claim the women’s individual crown. The victories earned Flynn and Telfeyan ODAC Male and Female Runner of the Year awards, respectively.

October 26, 2007
The ODAC men and Women’s Cross Country Championships are slated for Saturday, October 27th on Washington & Lee’s home course in Lexington, Va. The women’s race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. while the men leave the starting line at noon.

August 27, 2007
Washington & Lee University earned all but two first place votes as the Generals were picked to repeat as men’s cross country champions in the annual ODAC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll. Bridgewater College received the remaining top nods in a tight second place finish (98 and 91 votes, respectively), and Lynchburg College picked up 78 tallies to finish third through the coaches’ survey.

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2006-07 Cross Country News


November 21, 2006
Five of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) top runners between the men’s and women’s ranks made the trip to Wilmington College (Ohio) for the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championship meet. Like the 32 teams and 56 other individual runners also in the field, the weather didn’t treat the runners kindly.

November 11, 2006
Cross country teams from most of the competing schools in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) are making their way down to Tucker, Georgia, this weekend for the South/Southeast Regional Cross Country meet hosted by Emory University. The squads hope that their time at Emory is a layover on their way to Wilmington, Ohio, than a stopping point before catching the return flight back to their home school.

September 1, 2006
Washington and Lee University garnered both first place positions in the men’s and women’s preseason cross country coaches polls released by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) on Friday. Lynchburg College was tabbed second in the men’s poll and third in the women’s survey while Roanoke College reversed the order with a second place showing for the women and third for the men.

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