SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its preseason coaches poll for men’s and women’s indoor track and field on Friday and the W&L men’s and women’s teams were both picked to finish in third place.
The W&L men’s team, which finished in third place at the championship meet a season ago, totaled 35 points and the women’s team, coming off of its first-ever indoor title a season ago, garnered 38 points with one first-place vote. Lynchburg was picked first in each poll.
Among the top the returnees for the W&L women are senior Maggie Sutherland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley), who finished second in the high jump (1.53 meters), fourth in the triple jump (10.37 meters) and was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that captured third place (4:08.83) at the championship meet last season. Also returning is senior Sallie Armstrong (Houston, Texas/St. John’s), who was also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team and she also captured third place in the shot put. (10.64 meters)
Senior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) and junior Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) will look to anchor the mid-distance events. Telfeyan recently competed in the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships, while Fenwick was a member of last season’s distance medley relay team that took third place at the indoor championships (13:22.13).
The men’s team will be led by senior Ryan Castle (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville), who finished in second place in the high jump (1.90 meters) at last season’s championship meet. Castle and sophomore Tyler Grant (Sewanee, Ga./South Forsyth) were also members of the third-place finishing 4x400 meter relay team that finished in 3:32.38. Senior Davis Franklin (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) returns after helping W&L set a school and championship record time of 10:39.21 in the distance medley relay.
The W&L men’s team opens its season at Marietta First Glimpse meet on Saturday at 12:00 pm.
Women’s Poll (First-place votes in parenthesis)
1. Lynchburg (3) 44 pts.
2. Roanoke (3) 42
3. Washington and Lee (1) 38
4. Bridgewater 40
5. Virginia Wesleyan 18
6. Eastern Mennonite 15
7. Guilford 9
1. Lynchburg (6) 47 pts.
2. Bridgewater (1) 42
3. Washington and Lee 35
4. Roanoke 28
5. Virginia Wesleyan 21
6. Eastern Mennonite 14
7. Guilford 9