W&L Women's Track & Field Finishes Third at ODAC Championships

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's track & field team finished third out of seven teams at the ODAC Indoor Championships held at Liberty University on Friday evening.

Lynchburg College won the team title with 161 points, while Roanoke College finished second with 124 points.  W&L was third with 77 points and was followed by Bridgewater (64), Virginia Wesleyan (21), Guilford (14) and Eastern Mennonite (3).

Sophomore Marissa Thompson (Chatham, Va./Chatham) led the Generals with a pair of wins and one school record en route to earning All-ODAC honors in three events.  She crossed the finish line in first place in the 55 meter dash with a school-record time of 7.37 and also won the 200 meters with a time of 26.49.  Additionally, Thompson led off the 4x400 meter relay team that finished third overall (4:19.81) to earn All-ODAC laurels.  She was joined on the relay by first-year Kelsey McClary (Greenwood, Va./Western Albermarle), first-year Lauren Woodie (Bluefield, Va./Graham) and first-year Julia Murray (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan).

The distance medley relay team garnered All-ODAC recognition after their second place finish with a time of 13:24.95.  First-year Ashley Gerard (Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day) led off the race for W&L and was joined by senior Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), first-year Brandie Huffman (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) and junior Kathryn Iwata (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep).  Fenwick also added a third-place finish in the 5000 meters (19:20.72) to earn All-ODAC honors.

McClary received all-conference honors after she placed third in the 55 meter hurdles (8.94) and fifth in the 55 meter dash (7.85), while Woodie finished fourth in the 400 meters (1:02.34). First-year Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) notched a third-place showing in the 800 meters (2:25.38) to receive All-ODAC laurels and was fourth in the mile run (5:25.57).  Sophomore Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) added a fifth-place finish in the mile run as well (5:30.80).

First-year Alex Hagen (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) tied for third in the pole vault (8'6.25") to earn All-ODAC accolades, while first-year Leigh Dannhauser (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) placed fifth in the pole vault (8'0.50") and sixth in the high jump (4'9.75").  Sophomore Taylor Maxey (Poway, Calif./Bishop's School) brought home a third-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 45'4.25" to also garner All-ODAC recognition.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it participates in the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet at 9:00 am.

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