ODAC Releases Men's and Women's XC Polls

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.

Defending champion Lynchburg garnered 7-of-9 first-place votes in accumulating 78 points to sit atop the women’s poll. The Generals received one first-place vote and totaled 70 points, while Roanoke received one first-place vote and finished with 66 points. Virginia Wesleyan (52) and Bridgewater (49) rounded out the Top 5 and were followed by Guilford (30), Eastern Mennonite (24), Randolph (20) and Emory & Henry (16).

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.

Lynchburg also led the way in the men’s poll. The Hornets were a unanimous choice among league coaches as they garnered all 10 first-place votes and 100 points. Only eight points separated spots 2-4 in the poll as LC was followed by Virginia Wesleyan (81), W&L (78) and Bridgewater (73). Roanoke (60), Guilford (51), Eastern Mennonite (41), Emory & Henry (26), Hampden-Sydney (23) and Randolph (17) rounded out the poll.
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.