April 23, 2011

Thompson Leads W&L T&F to 3rd-Place Finish at ODACs

SALEM, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's track & field team captured third-place at the Outdoor ODAC Championships on Saturday evening at Roanoke College.

The Lynchburg women's team totaled 195 points to claim the league championship, while Roanoke (135), W&L (102), Bridgewater (81), Virginia Wesleyan (37), Eastern Mennonite (29) and Guilford (5) rounded out the team finishes.
 
Sophomore Marissa Thompson (Chatham, Va./Chatham) led the W&L, earning three of the Generals 10 All-ODAC finishes.
 
Thompson won both the 100m (12.71) and the 200m (26.68) and she took second in the 100m hurdles (15.71). Thompson's win in the 100m was the first-ever by a W&L woman.
 
She rounded out a fine meet by teaming with first-years Lauren Woodie (Bluefield, Va./Graham), Kelsey McClary (Greenwood, Va./Western Albermarle) and Julia Murray (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) to take fourth place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:14.61.
 
Sophomore Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) led a strong W&L contingent the 3000m steeplechase, winning with a time of 11:38.00. Junior Kathryn Iwata (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) added a third-place finish (13:03.10), while first-year Ashley Gerard (Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day) finished in fourth place (13:14.30) and first-year Molly Box (Orlando, Fla./William R. Boone) took fifth place with a time of 15:08.20.
 
Sophomore Taylor Maxey (Poway, Calif./Bishop's School) defended her title in the discus with a school-record toss of 38.60 meters.
 
Other All-ODAC finishes for W&L came from first-year Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) in the 1500m (3rd, 4:51.12), first-year Brandie Huffman (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) in the 5000m (2nd, 19:05.65), Schultz in the 5000m (3rd, 19:10.22) first-year Leigh Dannhauser (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) in the high jump (3rd, 1.52m) and first-year Anna Lauren Hopkin (Memphis, Tenn./St. Mary's) with a third-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 2.73 meters.
 
Dannhauser added a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 2.58 meters and Hopkin took sixth with a mark of 2.28.
 
Woodie also took fifth in the 400m with a time of 1:02.50.
 
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they take part in the Paul Kaiser Invitational at Shippensburg University beginning at 9:00 am.
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