JOHNSON COMPETES AT JAMES MADISON LAST CHANCE INVITATIONAL

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) competed in the JMU Last Chance Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Johnson placed third overall in the 3000 meter steeplechase with school-record time of 9:29.36, narrowly missing the cut for the NCAA Championships.

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W&L TRACK ATHLETES COMPETE AT LIBERTY

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Members of the Washington and Lee track and field team competed at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, hosted by Liberty University on Thursday in Lynchburg, Va.

Senior Brian Krupczak (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) led the Generals in the 100 meter dash, placing second among Division III competition with a time of 11.11. Freshman Andrew Fischer (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) placed second among Division III competition in the javelin throw with a distance of 156 feet, six inches, while junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) placed second in his heat for the 800 meter run, clocking a time of 1:59.63.

Both W&L squads return to action on Sat., May 8 at the James Madison Invitational.

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W&L TRACK TEAM HOSTS ODAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track teams both finished fourth out of five teams as the Generals hosted the 2004 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday afternoon.

Lynchburg won both the men’s (185.5 points) and women’s (149) competition. Trailing the Hornets on the men’s side were Bridgewater (178), Roanoke (64), W&L (48.5) and Eastern Mennonite (47). On the women’s side, Eastern Mennonite finished second (119), followed by Roanoke (109), W&L (93) and Bridgewater (53).

W&L junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) was crowned the men’s Co-Athlete of the Meet along with Steward White of Bridgewater, while Bridgewater’s Shane Stevens was named the men’s Coach of the Year. Ashley Palmer of Lynchburg was named the women’s Athlete of the Meet, while Lynchburg’s Jack Toms and Eastern Mennonite’s Paul Johnson split for Coach of the Year honors.

The Generals’ performance was highlighted by seven All-ODAC performers, two individual titles and two school records. Johnson earned his Co-Athlete of the Meet title and All-ODAC honors after winning both the 1500 meter run (4:02.97) and the 5000 meter run (15:59.88).

For the W&L women’s squad, junior Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal) was a three-time All-ODAC performer, taking second in the 100 meter dash (13.21) and anchoring both the second-place 4x100 Relay and the 4x400 Relay. Freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills), junior Ann Tompins (McLean, Va./Potomac School) and junior Kim Gunst (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) joined Walker as All-ODAC runners in the 4x100, clocking a school-record time of 51.68. Behmerwohld, Gunst and freshman Huntley Rodes (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) also earned All-ODAC laurels in the 4x400 Relay with a time of 4:14.82.

Behmerwold earned All-ODAC honors in the 400 meter hurdles after taking second with a school-record time of 68.40, while junior Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) rounded out the W&L women’s All-ODAC athletes with a second-place throw of 32.38 meters in the javelin.

Junior Steve Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) took third place in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:08.95, while junior Chris Walker (Franklin, Mass./Paul VI) placed third in the shot with a 13.38 meter hurl.
Senior Brian Krupczak (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) rounded out the men’s highest placewinners with third place finish in the 100 meter dash (11.31).

Both W&L squads return to action on Sat., May 1 at the Mason Dixon Championships in Newport News, Va.

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W&L TRACK TEAMS IN ACTION AT EASTERN MENNONITE INVITATIONAL

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track and field teams were in action on Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Mennonite Invitational.

The W&L women were led by junior Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal), who ran a leg for the Generals’ 4x100 relay team which finished first overall with a time of 52.24. Walker also finished second in the 100 meters (13.31) and third in the long jump (16’00.00”). She was joined on the relay team by freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills), and juniors Ann Tompkins (McLean, Va./Potomac School) and Kim Gunst (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman).

Behmerwohld also placed third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.56. Sophomore Megan Ward (Lindsay, Texas/Lindsay) won the 800 meters with a time of 2:40.50, while freshman Huntley Rodes (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) placed second in the 400 meter hurdles (74.11) and junior Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) placed second in the javelin with a toss of 104’4.00”.

On the men’s side, juniors Steven Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) and Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) both won an event. Chambers completed the 1500 meters in 4:13.33 and Johnson finished the 800 meters in 2:00.41.

Freshman Andrew Fischer (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) placed second in the javelin with a toss of 158’9.00”, while junior Chris Walker (Franklin, Mass./Paul VI) placed third in the shot put with a heave of 44’5.25”.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts the ODAC Championships at the Wilson Field Track.


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W&L TRACK TEAM IN ACTION AT COASTAL CAROLINA

CONWAY, S.C. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track teams competed against Division I competition at the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Classic on Saturday afternoon.

There were no team scores kept as only individual efforts were tracked.

On the men’s side, junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) emerged as W&L’s lone event winner with an 8:52.10 performance in the 3000 meter run. Junior Steve Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) took third place in the same event (9:04.09), while senior Rusty Meyer (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) continued the Generals’ distance excellence with a fourth-place time of 4:12.04 in the 1500 meter run.

Junior Chris Walker (Franklin, Mass./Paul VI) set a new W&L school record in the hammer throw with a 119’10.5’’ throw for eleventh place, while finishing seventh in the shot put with a distance of 13.21 meters.

On the women’s side, sophomore Betsy Frayer (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) recorded the Generals’ highest finish of the day with a second-place, 11:08.95 clocking in the 3000 meter run. Freshman Jenny Ratzel (Elm Grove, Wisc./Brookfield East) finished eighth in the 3000 meter run with a time of 11:55.58, while freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) led W&L with a fifth-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (1:10.67).

Both W&L squads return to action on Sat., Apr. 17 at the Eastern Mennonite Invitational.

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W&L TRACK TEAM IN ACTION AT BRIDGEWATER INVITATIONAL

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track teams were in action at the Bridgewater Invitational on Saturday in Bridgewater, Va.

There were no team scores kept as only individual efforts were tracked.

On the women’s side, freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) led the Generals with a second-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (1:12.12) and a fourth-place time of 17.75 in the 100 meter hurdles. Junior Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) placed fourth in the shot put (36’0.50’’), junior Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal) placed fifth in the 200 meter dash (28.17) and freshman Huntley Rodes (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) placed fifth in the 400 meter dash (1:05.81).

On the men’s side, junior Steve Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) was W&L’s top finisher, taking second place in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:10.68. Junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) took third position in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:11.00, while sophomore Hugo Ledesma Diaz (Zapopan, Mexico/Amer. School at Guadalajara) placed third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.34.

Both W&L squads return to action on Sat., Apr. 10 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

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W&L TRACK TEAMS IN ACTION AT VCU INVITATIONAL

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track and field teams were in action on Saturday afternoon at the VCU Ram Invitational where they competed against Division I, II and III Competition.

The W&L women’s team was paced by three athletes who placed first among Division III competitors at the meet. Junior Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) took home first place honors in the shot put with a toss of 37’.01”, a new personal record. Senior Angel Daniels (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) took top honors in the high jump with a leap of 4’10”, while freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) placed first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.40. Sophomore Mary Christopher (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) rounded out the W&L leaders with a second place showing in the 1,500 meters (5:02.20).

On the men’s side, junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) placed first among Division III competitor’s and fourth overall in the 5,000 meters with a 15:16.31 clocking. Junior Chris Walker (Franklin, Mass./Paul VI) was second among Division III athletes in the shot put with a toss of 11.93 meters, while senior Jonathan Brimer (Dandridge, Tenn./Jefferson County) finished second against D-III competition in the 100 meters (11.67).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it competes in the Bridgewater Invitational.

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GENERALS HOST W&L INVITATIONAL

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track teams kicked off their outdoor seasons by hosting the 2004 W&L Track and Field Invitational on Saturday at Wilson Field.

On the women’s side the Generals finished fourth, while Susquehanna took top honors with 156 points The Crusaders were followed by Roanoke (97), Mary Washington (80), W&L (54.5), Sewanee (49), Bridgewater (43.5), Southern Virginia (38), Christopher Newport (26) and Berea (11). In men’s competition W&L placed seventh, while Susquehanna won the invitational with 165 points. The Crusaders were followed by DeSales (78), Sewanee (72), Berea (59), Mary Washington (53), Roanoke (44), W&L (30), Bridgewater (29.5), Southern Virginia (19.5), Christopher Newport (6) and William Penn (1).

The W&L women’s team was led by sophomore Mary Christopher (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills). Christopher won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:26.37, while Behmerwohld won the 400 meter hurdles with a school record time of 68.65.

Sophomore Betsy Frayer (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) emerged as a top W&L distance runner with third place in the1500 meter run (5:09.76), while junior Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) led the throwers with points in three events. Barker took third in the javelin (107’5’’), third in the shot put (36’5’’) and sixth in the discus (102’3’’).

On the men’s side junior Chris Walker (Centreville, Va./Paul IV) was W&L’s lone event winner, taking top honors in the shot put with a distance of 43 feet, 10 inches. Junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) placed second in the 1500 meter run (4:04.30), while senior Rusty Meyer (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) took fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:02.76.

Both W&L squads return to action on Fri., March 19 at the VCU invitational.

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W&L INDOOR TRACK AT ODAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s indoor track teams combined for three conference champions, a school record and 11 all-conference selections as the Generals competed at the ODAC Championships on Saturday, hosted by Lynchburg College.

The Generals’ women’s squad scored 52 points to earn fourth place out of five teams, while the W&L men’s team scored 59 points to also place fourth out of five teams. Lynchburg took top honors in both the men’s (183) and women’s (158) championships. On the men’s side, the Hornets were trailed by Roanoke (87), Bridgewater (79), W&L and Eastern Mennonite (52). On the women’s side, Lynchburg was followed by Roanoke (126), Eastern Mennonite (77), W&L and Bridgewater (41).

For the W&L women, sophomore Betsy Frayer (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) emerged as the Generals’ lone event winner, earning All-ODAC accolades with top honors in the two mile run (12:13.13).

The distance medley relay unit of junior Ann Tompkins (McLean, Va./Potomac School), sophomore Karen Blackburn (Richmond, Va./Monacan) and freshmen Jenny Ratzel (Elm Grove, Wisc./Brookfield East) and Julie Harris (Richmond, Va./Saint Catherines) also earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish (14:36.32).

The 4x400-meter relay team of Tompkins, juniors Kim Gunst (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal) and freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) also earned All-ODAC laurels with a second-place time of 4:32.23.

Behmerwohld bested her own program record in the 55-meter hurdles, surpassing the old mark of 9.59 with a 9.32, fourth-place showing. Sophomore Mary Christopher (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) rounded out the Generals’ leaders with third-place finish in both the 800-meter run (2:38.58) and the mile (5:37.10).

On the men’s side, juniors Chris Walker (Centreville, Va./Paul IV) and Brian Krupczak (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) led the Generals with a pair of ODAC titles. Walker was a two-time all-conference performer with top honors in the weight-throw (49’4.25’’) and second in the shot (43’11.75’’), while Krupczak won the 55-meter dash and All-ODAC recognition with a time of 6.67.

Junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) rounded out W&L’s all-conference selections with a second-place finish in the two mile run (9:54.59). Johnson also placed third in the mile (4:33.74), while the distance medley relay unit of senior Rusty Meyer (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep), junior Norman Senior (St. Catherine, Jamaica/United World College Atlantic), sophomore Hugo Ledesma Diaz (Zapopan, Mexico/American School at Guadalajara) and freshman David Kronenfeld (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Acad.) took third with a time of 11:22.83.

The ODAC Championships mark the end of the Generals’ indoor track season.

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W&L INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD IN ACTION AT CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s indoor track and field squads were in action at the Christopher Newport University College Frolic on Sunday. The meet included Division-I and Division-III competition.

For the W&L women, sophomore Mary Christopher (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) finished third among D-III competition in the mile (5:37.47) and placed fourth overall in the 800-meter run (2:28.73).

Freshmen Jenny Ratzel (Elm Grove, Wisc./Brookfield East) and Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) were also among the W&L leaders. Against D-III runners, Ratzel placed fifth in the 800-meter run (2:36.19) and Behmerwohld placed fifth in the 55-meter dash (9.66).

On the men’s side, junior Chris Walker (Centreville, Va./Paul IV) led the Generals with a fourth-place overall finish in the weight-throw (43’10.5’’), while taking fourth in D-III with a 42’0.25’’ throw in the shot put competition.

Junior Steven Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) placed eighth overall in the mile with a time of 4:31.24, while junior Brian Krupczak (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) rounded out the Generals’ leaders against D-III competition with a fourth-place in the 200-meter dash (23.64) and a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.28).

Both W&L squads return to action on Sat., Feb. 28, when the Generals travel to Lynchburg for the ODAC Indoor Championships.

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W&L INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD IN ACTION AT VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s indoor track and field squads were in action at the VMI Winter Relays on Saturday afternoon. The Generals combined for two-top-place performances and a pair of school records while competing against Division I and Division III competition.

For the W&L women, sophomore Betsy Frayer (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) emerged as the top runner in the 3,000-meter run, besting all competitors with a time of 11:30.44.

Freshmen Kathryn Brennan (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman) and Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) used their performances to set a pair of new standards for the Generals’ program. Brennan vaulted to a program-record mark of 9’4.25’’ in the pole vault, while Behmerwohld clocked W&L’s fastest-ever 55-meter hurdle time with a 9.59 performance.

Junior Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal), junior Ann Tompkins (McLean, Va./Potomac School) and freshman Huntley Rodes (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) were also among the Generals’ leaders. Among Division III sprinters in the 200-meter dash, Walker took second (29.24), Tompkins took third (29.60) and Rodes took fourth (29.82).

For the men, juniors Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and Steven Chambers (Christiana, Pa./Octorara Area) led W&L with the top-two finishes in the 3,000-meter run. Johnson won the event with a 9:02.95 clocking, while Chambers crossed the tape second in a time of 9:14.11.

Junior Chris Walker (Centreville, Va./Paul IV) took top weight-throw honors among Division III participants with a distance of 44’ 5.25’’, while junior Brian Krupczak (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) was Division III’s second-place finisher in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.70 seconds.

Both W&L squads return to action on Sunday at the Christopher Newport Invitational.

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W&L TRACK COMPETES AT SUSQUEHANNA INVITATIONAL

SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams were both in action on Saturday at the Susquehanna Invitational competing against Division II and Division III competition.

Leading the way for the women was junior Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal), who placed three among Division III competitors in the Long Jump (15’5.34”) and eighth among DIII athletes in the 200 meters (29.09). Freshman Katherine Brennan (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman) placed third in the pole vault with a school-record vault of 9’00.00”, while sophomore Mary Christopher (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) finished third among DIII athletes in the 800 meters with a time of 2:33.77.

The W&L Distance Relay team of freshman Tippins Stone (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall), junior Anne Tompkins (McLean, Va./Potomac School), freshman Jenny Ratzel (Elm Grove, Wisc./Brookfield East) and Christopher placed second among DIII teams and third overall with a time of 13:15.00.

The W&L men were paced by junior Brian Krupczak (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), who placed fourth among Division III competitors in the 200 meters with a time of 23.72. Sophomore Keith Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) placed sixth among DIII athletes in the triple jump with a leap of 39’3.00” and junior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) was third among DIII athletes in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:14.92.

The Generals will return to action on Sun., Feb. 8, when they compete in the Christopher Newport Invitational.

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W&L TRACK COMPETES IN VMI KEYDET INVITATIONAL

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee indoor track and field program began its 2003-04 season by competing in the VMI Keydet Invitational against Division I and Division III competition on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Sara Behmerwohld (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dana Hills) led the W&L women by placing second among Division III competitors in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 9.78. She also ran a leg of the Generals’ 4 x 400 meter relay team which finished second among Division III teams with a time of 4:39.00. She was joined on the relay team by juniors Meredith Walker (Travelers Rest, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal), Kim Gunst (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and Casey Sharpe (Manassas, Va./Osbourn).

Walker also placed fourth among Division III participants in the 55-meter dash with a time of 8.11, while junior Ann Tompkins (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) placed second among DIII athletes in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.54. Freshman Kathryn Brennan (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman) tied for second among DIII athletes in the pole vault with a school-record vault of 8.00’.

For the men, sophomore Keith Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) led the way by placing second among DIII athletes in the triple jump (11.90 meters) and third in the long jump (5.71 meters). Junior Lee Stinnett (Lexington, Va./Parry McCluer) finished fifth among Division III competitors in the 55-meters (7.06) and 200-meters (25.66).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sat., Jan. 24 as it competes in the Susquehanna University Invitational.

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