November 3, 2008

Several Generals Earn ODAC Cross Country Honors

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Several members of the Washington and Lee men's and women's cross country teams were honored on Saturday morning at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College.

Senior Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) was tabbed the ODAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, while senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) received the ODAC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Sixth-year Head Coach Kris Hoey was honored with the ODAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year Award for the fifth-straight year.

Shaw won the women's championship race with a time of 21:41 en route to also garnering First Team All-ODAC honors. Taylor claimed the scholar-athlete award for the third-straight year. An economics major, Taylor also earned First Team All-ODAC honors by placing fourth overall in the championship meet. Hoey guided the Generals to their fifth-straight conference crown in dominating fashion as W&L took four of the top seven individual placings.

Other First Team All-ODAC honorees for the women included senior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) and junior Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy). Webb earned first team all-conference laurels for the second-straight season, while Todd garnered first team accolades for the first time after earning second team honors each of the past two seasons. Junior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) and sophomores Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and Christine Balistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) all earned Second Team All-ODAC laurels.

On the men's side, senior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) was named the ODAC Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A chemistry major, Welsh received the men's scholar-athlete award following a third-place finish in the men's championship meet to earn First Team All-ODAC honors for the fourth-straight year. The Generals finished third overall out of 10 teams at the championship event.

Senior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) joined Welsh on the All-ODAC First Team for the third-straight season after garnering Second Team All-ODAC honors as a first-year student. Sophomore Jack Ivy (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) also earned Second Team All-ODAC accolades for the Generals.

Both the W&L men and women will return to action on November 15 as they participate in the NCAA Regionals hosted by Texas Lutheran.

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