FOREST, Va. -- Washington and Lee's women's indoor track & field team has been picked to finish third in the annual ODAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Coaches Poll the league announced on Monday.
Only six points separated the top three teams, as Lynchburg was tabbed as the league favorite with 46 total points and 5-of-8 first-place votes. Roanoke followed with 43 points and two first-place votes and W&L was next with 40 points and the final first-place vote. Rounding out the poll were Bridgewater (29), Virginia Wesleyan (25), league newcomer Shenandoah (18), Guilford (13) and Eastern Mennonite (10).
The Generals, who finished third at the conference championships a year ago, are led by juniors Taylor Maxey (Poway, Calif./Bishop's School), Marissa Thompson (Chatham, Va./Chatham) and Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton), and sophomores Kelsey McClary (Greenwood, Va./Western Albermarle) and Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) among others.
Thompson won a pair of events at last year' Indoor ODAC Championship, capturing the 55m in a school-record time of 7.37 and winning the 200m in 26.49. Thompson also led off the 4x400m relay team that finished third with a time of 4:19.81.
Schultz, who won the 3,000m steeplechase at last season's outdoor meet, finished fifth in the mile (5:30.80) at the indoor meet and is coming off an appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championship meet.
Maxey was an honorable mention all-conference performer at the 2011 Indoor ODAC Championships, taking third in the weight throw (13.82m).
Madison earned Honorable Mention All-ODAC laurels in the 800m (2:25.38), as was McClary in the 55m hurdles (8.94). McClary was also a member of the 4x400m relay team.
W&L opened up its 2011-12 campaign on Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Kickoff meet. The Generals return to the track following the holiday break on January 14, when they travel to Marietta, Ohio for the Marietta Open.