FOREST, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released is 2010 Cross Country Preseason polls and the Washington and Lee women’s team was picked second by the league coaches, while the men’s team was pegged to finish third.
The Generals, who finished in second place in 2009, welcome back a pair of all-conference runners in sophomores Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) and Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan). Schultz earned first team honors as well as the Rookie of the Year Award last season by virtue of her seventh-place finish at the ODAC Championships, while Ortiz earned second team honors with a 13th-place finish.
W&L, coming off of back-to-back third-place finishes, welcomes back junior Robert Warneford-Thomson (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) as well as senior Rob George (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South). Warneford-Thomson earned second team all-conference honors with a 12th-place finish last year, while George just missed postseason honors with a 16th-place finish.
Both the men’s and women’s teams open the 2010 season when they host the W&L Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 11. The women’s race is set to begin at 10:00 am, with the men’s race to follow at 11:00 am.