2019 Cross Country Runners of the Week

  • English Jackson, Bridgewater, Sr.
    October 22, 2019
    Jackson, a senior from Grottoes, Va., picks up her second ODAC weekly honor of the year after winning her second race of the season. Jackson topped a field of 259 runners at the 31st Annual Gettysburg Invitational. She posted a winning time of 22:42.1 and completed the six-kilometer course in Gettysburg, Pa., more than 12-seconds quicker than the second place finisher. Jackson adds this first place finish to her top-showing at the Hornet Harrier hosted by Shenandoah University earlier this season. It is her third career collegiate win.
  • Max Sparks, Lynchburg, So.
    October 22, 2019
    Sparks, a sophomore from Canton, Conn., posted a new personal-best time on eight-kilometer courses at the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Rowan University. Sparks finished 256-person event in 39th position with a time of 25:19.7 that ranks second in the ODAC this season. It also ties for ninth best in Lynchburg history. His efforts helped Lynchburg place 10th of 29 squads on the team table.
  • Skyler Lattuca, Virginia Wesleyan, Jr.
    October 15, 2019
    Lattuca, a junior from Middle Island, N.Y., picks up his fourth overall and second straight ODAC Runner of the Week following a strong outing at the CNU Cross Country Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University. Lattuca won the men's eight-kilometer race with a time of 25:57.73. He topped the listing by nearly 13 seconds in a field of 54 runners largely populated by Division III institutions. His time on Saturday is well off his season-best mark of 25:12.40, but still ranks inside the ODAC top-10 for the season.
  • Sara Stephenson, Washington and Lee, So.
    October 15, 2019
    Stephenson, a sophomore from Weston, Mass., earns her second ODAC weekly honor after putting together a very strong showing at the Royals Cross Country Challenge hosted by Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Stephenson was the top NCAA Division III finisher in a massive field of 541 runners dominated by Division I and II competitors. She completed the five-kilometer course 49th overall at 18:38.00 powered by a 5:59.8 pace. At the 2.3-kilometer split, Stephenson sat 135th in the middle of the pack, but passed 86 runners over the final half of the course. He time is the top 5K time in the ODAC this season.
  • Skyler Lattuca, Virginia Wesleyan, Jr.
    October 08, 2019
    Lattuca, a junior from Middle Island, N.Y., picks up his third ODAC Runner of the Week award after leading Virginia Wesleyan and all ODAC runners at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University. Lattuca improved upon his ODAC-best eight-kilometer time with a 25:12.40 showing in Salisbury, Md. He finished second overall out of 146 runners powered a by a 5:04.2 per-mile pace. His new ODAC top time is exactly 25-seconds ahead of Lynchburg's Andrew Johnson, who sits second on the chart.
  • Emily Miller, Shenandoah, Jr.
    October 08, 2019
    Miller, a junior from Gainesville, Va., went record hunting this weekend as she led Shenandoah at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University. Miller finished fourth overall in a field of 133 runners and third among Division III competitors on the six-kilometer course, posting a time of 22:10.9. That set a new Shenandoah record by 11-seconds at the Winter Place Park course in Salisbury, Md., snapping a mark that was established 10 years prior by Amy Smith. Miller's time is the ODAC's second-fastest 6K time of the season, chiming in just 0:01.00 shy of Calista Ariel's (BC) time at the ODAC Preview.
  • English Jackson, Bridgewater, Sr.
    October 01, 2019
    Jackson, a senior from Grottoes, Va., picked up her second collegiate individual first place finish over the weekend as she claimed top honors at the Hornet Harrier hosted by Shenandoah University at Kernstown Battlefield. Jackson out-paced her closest competition in the 143-person field by 8-seconds and was a full 45-seconds removed from the next fastest ODAC finisher in completing the five-kilometer course in 19:07.1. That is the top 5K time in the ODAC this season.
  • Isaac Alderfer, Eastern Mennonite, So.
    October 01, 2019
    Alderfer, a sophomore from Broadway, Va., was the top ODAC finisher at the Hornet Harrier hosted by Shenandoah University at Kernstown Battlefield, site of the 2018 ODAC Championships. Alderfer finished ninth overall out of 193 runners with a time of 19:52.9 on the six-kilometer course. That set a new personal-best at that distance by 18 seconds. His efforts helped Eastern Mennonite to seventh (194 points) in the team table of 20 squads.
  • Sara Stephenson, Washington and Lee, So.
    September 24, 2019
    Stephenson, a sophomore from Weston, Mass., led the nationally 29th-ranked Washington and Lee women's cross country team to a second-place finish at the Main Line Invitational hosted by Haverford on Friday. Stephenson took 10th overall on the three-mile course with a time of 18:00.60. She was the top Division III runner in the race. The Generals were only beat by Villanova, the 30th-ranked team in Division I. W&L finished with 62 total points.
  • Calista Ariel, Bridgewater, Sr.
    September 17, 2019
    Ariel, a senior from Fredericksburg, Va., was the first collegiate runner to finish at the ODAC Preview Meet hosted by Roanoke College at Green Hill Park in Salem, Va. Ariel placed second overall on the six-kilometer championship course, setting a new personal record at that distance with a time of 22:09.9. That time is the top 6K mark in the ODAC so far this season. She along with second-place collegiate finisher English Jackson (22:21.9) helped Bridgewater place seventh overall in the team standings with 194 points.
  • Skyler Lattuca, Virginia Wesleyan, Jr.
    September 17, 2019
    Lattuca, a junior from Middle Island, N.Y., picks up his second weekly award of the season after leading all conference runners at the ODAC Preview Meet hosted by Roanoke College. Lattuca finished third overall and second among collegiate runners on the eight-kilometer championship course at Green Hill Park with a time of 25:36.7. That is the top 8K time in the ODAC so far this season. His efforts helped Virginia Wesleyan to seventh in the team standings with 161 points.
  • Connor Verrett, Washington and Lee, Fy.
    September 10, 2019
    Verrett, a first-year from Cockeysville, Md., made the most of his first collegiate competition with a top-three finish in the multi-divisional Galen Piper Challenge hosted by Shippensburg University (Pa.). Verrett finished the six-kilometer course third overall out of 77 competitors and second amongst non-Division I runners with a time of 19:29.80 and a 6:13.7 per-mile clip. He was just 0.03 seconds short of the University of Pittsburgh's Nick Cardamone for second overall. Verrett's efforts helped Washington and Lee claim the team victory with 42 points, topping host Shippensburg by 20 markers.
  • Abigail Shelly, Eastern Mennonite, Sr.
    September 10, 2019
    Shelly, a senior from Collinsville, Miss., continued the strong start to her 2019 campaign with a top finish at the Mennonite Heritage Invitational hosted by Eastern Mennonite. Shelly finished the five-kilometer course second overall out of 23 competitors with a time of 21:16.5. The finish marked the top individual showing of her career. Shelly's efforts helped EMU win the team title with 22 points, 15 clear of St. Mary's College (Md.).
  • Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs, Randolph, Fy.
    September 03, 2019
    Clardy-Josephs, a first-year from New Kent, Va., put together a memorable performance in her first collegiate race at the Quakers Cross Country Opener hosted by Guilford College. Clardy-Josephs won the five-kilometer event with a time of 20:19.9, out-pacing second place by 25-seconds. He time set a new Randolph record, which was set five seasons ago by Rain McKemie.
  • Skyler Lattuca, Virginia Wesleyan, So.
    September 03, 2019
    Lattuca, a sophomore from Middle Island, N.Y., opened the new season on the right foot as he won the three-mile race at the Eagles Cross Country Challenge hosted by Bridgewater College. Lattuca out-paced the second place finisher by 27-seconds on the way to posting a winning time of 15:39.0. Lattuca is building off a first-year campaign that saw him rack up ODAC Rookie of the Meet (at the conference championship) and ODAC Co-Rookie of the Year laurels in 2018.