ODAC Cross Country Runners of the Week Archive

2018 Cross Country Runners of the Week


September 17, 2018
Zulauf, a freshman from Vienna, Va., was the top ODAC and Division III runner at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational over the weekend. Zulauf finished 22nd overall with a time of 25:34.9 on the course measured at 7.6-kilometers. His efforts helped Roanoke to sixth in the team standings with 148 points.

September 17, 2018
Johnson a sophomore from Spotsylvania, Va., was the fastest ODAC and Division III runner at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational over the weekend. She set a new six-kilometer personal-best time by more than a minute with a 22:36.4 to finish eighth overall in Blacksburg. She helped Lynchburg to fourth in the team standings with 94 points.

September 10, 2018
Dolwick, a senior from Apex, N.C., helped the Generals finish in third place of nine teams with 66 points at the JMU Invitational hosted by James Madison University. Dolwick was the top NCAA Division III finisher, placing eight overall out of 87 competitors. He posted a time of 27:21.00 after completing the eight-kilometer course.

September 10, 2018
Foster, a first-year from Cary, N.C., put together a strong performance in the head-to-head Golden Acordn Invitational with Mary Baldwin. Foster, competing in just her second collegiate race, topped the field in the five-kilometer event with a time of 23:01.000, winning by more than a minute. Her efforts helped Hollins win the team competition with 25 points.

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2017 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 16, 2017
Hiegel, a junior from Richmond, Va., picks up his second weekly honor after a strong showing at the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College. Hiegel, who already owns the fastest eight-kilometer time (25:24.50) in the ODAC this season, posted the third-fastest time upon completing his race in Ohio. He placed 10th overall out of 265 finishing runners with a time of 25:40.0. That mark was 31-seconds off the pace set by event-winner Matt Svetz from Allegheny College. Hiegel's efforts helped Bridgewater to 15th over 31 teams with 404 points.

October 16, 2017
Coombs, a senior from Newton, N.J., picks up her second weekly award of the season after placing 17th overall out of 239 finishing competitors at the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan University. Coombs, who already owns the ODAC's best six-kilometer time (21:55.3) of the season, stopped the watches at 22:22.9 as the third-best time in the league. Virginia Wesleyan placed 21st of 27 total competing teams.

October 9, 2017
Tolbert, a junior from Wytheville, Va., finished ninth overall and was the third-fastest Division III runner at the Piedmont Invitational. He posted a time of 27:56.0 on the course set about 200-meters longer than eight-kilometers. The time was a 1:45 drop from his previous best at the Piedmont Invitational, set last season. Tolbert helped Emory & Henry to fourth of 10 squads in the team standings.

October 9, 2017
Mast, a senior from Broadway, Va., picks up her second weekly award after winning her second race in four attempts this season. Mast stopped the watches first overall at the CNU Invitational with a six-kilometer time of 23:46.0. She completed the course 29-second faster than the next closest competitor. The first time competitor also has a second-place showing on her performance sheet this season. Her efforts helped EMU to first in the team standings with 20 points.

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2016 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 17, 2016
Strehler, a senior from Moseley, Va., continues to ramp up his performances in preparation for the ODAC Championships, which sit just two weeks away. Strehler was the top collegiate finisher and fifth overall out of 278 runners at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble with a new ODAC season-best eight-kilometer time of 24:56.7. Washington and Lee finished fourth out of 32 teams with 160 points.

October 17, 2016
Coombs, a junior from Newton, N.J., continues to show well with the ODAC Championships approaching in just over two weeks as she completed the Gettysburg Invitational as the top collegiate finisher. Coombs stopped the watches following the six-kilometer race in 22:43.0, giving her a new season-best by nearly 14-seconds. Her time was second overall to a non-collegiate club runner. Coombs led Virginia Wesleyan to 10th in the teams standings with 312 points.

October 10, 2016
Watts, a senior from Stafford, Va., finished fourth at the Piedmont Invitational, which also serves as the USA South Preview meet. Watts stopped the watches at 29:16.4, which marks his second-fastest eight-kilometer time of the season. He was 37-seconds off the winning time at the meet.

October 10, 2016
Yates, a sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., competed in her first race of the season at the Queens Royals Cross Country Challenge, which featured 39 teams largely comprised of NCAA Division II institutions. Yates finished 53rd out of 343 runners overall after posting the ODAC's fastest five-kilometer time of the season at 18:58.9. Washington and Lee took 13th in the team standings.

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2015 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 19, 2015
Toney, a senior from Roanoke, Va., won for the third time in four races this season after claiming the individual title at the South/Southeast Region Preview hosted by Shenandoah University. Toney completed the eight-kilometer course in 26:25.5, which was 11-seconds clearr of second place.

October 19, 2015
Chappell-Dick, a senior from Bluffton, Ohio, won for third time this season at the CNU Invitational, topping runners from NCAA Division I schools as well as the host Captains, who are ranked third in the South/Southeast Region. She came within two seconds of her personal-best with a six-kilometer time of 22:03.0 to win by 14 seconds over second place and 1:16 over the next fastest NCAA D-III time.

October 12, 2015
McBride, a senior from Meriden, Kans., led Lynchburg at the Royals XC Challenge hosted by Queens University. McBride posted an eight-kilometer time of 25:55.4 to finish 43rd overall in the largely NCAA Division I and II dominated event.

October 12, 2015
Yates, a freshman from Birmingham, Ala., placed fifth overall out of 225 competitors at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. She completed the five-kilometer course in 18:45.10 as the top NCAA Division III competitor. Washington and Lee placed fifth overall and second out of NCAA D-III squads, just one point before host Carnegie Mellon.

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2014 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 20, 2014
Gehman, a senior from Millersville, Pa., helped EMU to an eighth place team showing at the Gettysburg Invitational by placing second overall in a field of 355 runners. He finished the eight-kilometer course with a time of 25:49.4, six seconds behind the winner from Lebanon Valley College.

October 20, 2014
Lehman, a freshman from Dover, Ohio, helped the Royals to a seventh place team showing out of 35 squads at the Gettysburg Invitational. She finshed fifth overall and tops among NCAA Division III competitors, completing the six-kilometer course in 23:11.4. The top four places went to a trio from D-I Bucknell and one from D-II Alderson-Broaddus.

October 13, 2014
Parsons, a freshman from Clayton, N.J., finished fifth at ther Hornet Harrier Invitational over the weekend. He completed the six-kilometer course with a time of 20:25.10, making him the top ODAC finisher. SU placed fifth as a team.

October 13, 2014
Earner, a senior from McLean, Va., won the Hornet Harrier Invititational over the weekend, helped Shenandoah to a first place team finish over. Earner completed the five-kilometer course in 20:16.70, which bested the second place finisher by nearly 16-seconds.

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2013 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 21, 2013
Goncarovs, a senior from Ithaca, N.Y., was the first NCAA Division III finisher and placed 23rd overall of 229 runners from all levels of competition at the Blue Ridge Open. He posted an eight-kilometer time of 25:19.51, marking the fastest 8K time of the season in the ODAC. It ranks as the third-fastest time in school history. His efforts helped GC to a fifth place of nine squads in the team standings.

October 21, 2013
Kubisiak, a sophomore from Abbottstown, Pa., placed 44th out of 509 competitors at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Wisconsin. Her six-kilometer time of 22:49.15 is the second fastest in the ODAC this season. The event featured several of the top NCAA Division III programs in the country, including three in the top-10 of the USTFCCCA's national poll. Kubisiak's efforts helped BC to a 16th place showing in the team standings (456 pts.).

October 14, 2013
Cooper, a freshman from Christiansburg, Va., ran a personal-best 28.16 at the Royals Cross Country Challenge, hosted by Queens University of Charlotte. The event, which featured mostly NCAA Division I and II programs, was run on an eight-kilometer course. Cooper placed 130th overall.

October 14, 2013
Sierra, a freshman from Front Royal, Va., ran a personal-best 21:20 at the Royals Cross Country Challenge, hosted by Queens University of Charlotte. The event, which featured mostly NCAA Division I and II programs, was run on a five-kilometer course. Sierra placed 169th overall.

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2012 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 15, 2012
Sohl, a sophomore from Burke, Va., paced the Eagles as the CNU Invitational on Saturday. The 2011 ODAC Rookie of the Year crossed the finish line in 25:25.69 to finish second overall on the eight-kilometer course. Sohl's time is the faster on an 8K course in the ODAC this season. Sohl's efforts helped Bridgewater to a third place team finish.

October 15, 2012
Kubisiak, a freshman from Abbottstown, Pa., picks up her second weekly award of the season. The Eagles' rookie has competed in just two events, but it didn't take her long to post her first meet victory as she topped the field at the CNU Invitational on Saturday. Her time of 22:27.70 over the six-kilometer course was 7.91 seconds faster that teammate Olivia Mills, who finished second overall. Bridgewater placed fourth as a team.

October 8, 2012
Goncarovs, junior from Ithaca, N.Y., picks up his second weekly award of the season after winning the Hagan Stone Classic on Saturday. Goncarovs bested a field of 135 runners on the eight kilometer course with a time of 26:19.20, which is the sixth-fastest 8K time in the ODAC this season. His victory is the first for a Guilford cross country student-athlete since October 15, 2011. Goncarovs has led the Quakers in each meet this season.

October 8, 2012
O'Neill, a sophomore from Winston-Salem, N.C., led Guilford with her 13th-place finish out of 114 runners at the Hagan Stone Classic on Saturday. She completed the five-kilometer course with a personal-best time of 21:09.99. This is the third meet in a row that O'Neill has led Guilford, which finished eighth in the 13-team meet. Aside from being a personal-best, Oneill's time at the Hagan Stone Classic is the ninth-fastest 5K mark in school history.

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2011 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 17, 2011
Smith, a senior from Roanoke, Va., wins an ODAC weekly award for the fourth time as he set a new personal season-high time on an eight-kilometer course at the Blue Ridge Invitational hosted by Appalachian State. Smith completed the race in 25:42.90 to finish 19th overall and first among NCAA Division III competitors in the heavy Division I field. This marks the fourth time that Smith has either won a race or been the first D-III competitor to cross the finish line this season.

October 17, 2011
Schultz, a junior from Hopkinton, Mass., placed 18th out of 201 runners at the Royal Cross Country Classic hosted by Queens University of Charlotte on Friday. She was the top NCAA Division III competitor to complete the race in a field consisting largely of Division I and II competition. She completed the five kilometer course in 18:18.98, setting a new ODAC seasonal top-time, as well as a personal record, at that distance.

October 10, 2011
Smith, a senior from Roanoke, Va., picks up his third weekly award of the season running for the Maroons' harriers. Smith claimed his third meet victory by winning the blue race at the DeSales Invitational in Center Valley, Pa. Smith completed the eight-kilometer course in 26:05, topping a field of 220 runners. The DeSales Invitational is a multi-race event that featured 45 teams and 448 total runners. When all men's results were combined, Smith placed fourth overall.

October 10, 2011
England, a freshman from Dublin, Va., captures her third weekly award of the season. England competed in the Red Race at the DeSales Invitational in Center Valley, Pa. She placed 17th with a time of 24:58.52 over the six kilometer course. The DeSales Invitational is a multi-race event that included 41 teams and 424 total athletes. When all results were combined, England finished 30th overall.

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2010 Cross Country Runners of the Week


October 18, 2010
Whitson, a junior from Stephens City, Va., picks up his second weekly honor of the season. Whitson turned in an impressive effort at the tough Gettysburg Invitational, placing third in a field of 304 runners, including Division II and III competitors. He finished behind Sudan’s Macharia Yuot, the 2006 NCAA DIII national cross country champion, and Bryan Beegle of Shippensburg University, currently ranked No. 6 in DII. Whitson was the first DIII runner to finish the 8-kilometer race in a time of 25:54.03. He led VWC to a seventh place finish in a field of 25 teams.

October 18, 2010
Mills, a sophomore from Fredericksburg, Va., earns her third weekly award of the year and her second in the last three weeks. Mills finished first overall Saturday to lead the Eagles to the team title at the Hood Invitational. Mills finished the 6-kilometer course with a time 24:29.03, 28-seconds ahead of teammate Molly Smith who finished second.

October 11, 2010
Bikko, a senior from Nairobi, Kenya, won his third meet out of five this season, taking the 5K race at the Shenandoah University Hornet Harrier on Saturday. Bikko won the race by nearly 44 seconds, crossing in 16:27.06. The second place runner came in at 17:10.93. He has also won the Randolph College Invitational and the Maroon Invitational.

October 4, 2010
Kosgei, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, posted the ODAC's top eight-kilometer time of the season and set the Guilford cross country record for an eight-kilometer course on Friday with a time of 25:07.1 at the Great American XC Festival. He placed third in the 96-man field and helped the Quakers place third among 12 NCAA teams, tops among the three Division III squads. Kosgei has set school records in each of his first three races this season.

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2009 Cross Country Runners of the Week


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