W&L Women's T&F Places Third at ODAC Championship

W&L Women's T&F Places Third at ODAC Championship

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's track and field team captured third place at the 2012 ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday on the campus of Lynchburg College.

Roanoke took home the conference title, recording 145.3 points during the two-day championship. Lynchburg (114.3), W&L (104.3), Bridgewater (102.5), Shenandoah (76), Virginia Wesleyan (70), Eastern Mennonite (6) and Guilford (1) wrapped up the team results.

The Generals picked up nine All-ODAC honors, including two event champions, three school records and one conference record.

First-year Janey Fugate (Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy) placed first in the 400m hurdles in a new school and ODAC Championship meet record time of 1:04.41. Fugate was also a member of the record-breaking 4x400m relay with sophomores Lauren Woodie (Bluefield, Va./Graham) and Julia Murray (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and senior Natalie Stier (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton), crossing the finish line in a school record time of 4:02.69 for third place.

Along with 4x400m relay, Stier added two more All-ODAC performances to her list. She was second behind Fugate in the 400m hurdles, clocking in at 1:05.45, and teamed up with Murray, junior Marissa Thompson (Chatham, Va./Chatham) and Fugate in the 4x100m relay to place third with a time of 50.17.

Sophomore Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) claimed three top-six finishes on the day. Madison took third in the 800m (2:21.55), fourth in the 1500m (4:52.66) and fourth in the 5,000m (18:54.35). Junior Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) joined Madison in the distance events, finishing runner-up in the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:39.69 and fifth in the 1,500m in a time of 4:58.67.

The pole vault and high jump each featured two W&L athletes in the scoring pack. First-year Jillian Katterhagen (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) was named champion in the pole vault, leaping a height of 3.35m, and sophomore Alexandra Hagan (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) was fourth with her jump of 2.85m. Sophomore Leigh Dannhauser (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) and first-year Mary Kamp (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks Central) finished fourth (1.51m) and sixth (1.41m), respectively, in the high jump.

W&L represented more than half of the athletes in the 400m hurdle finals, with Katterhagen in fifth (1:08.92) and junior Paige Gance (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) in sixth (1:09.89) behind Fugate and Stier.

Thompson and junior Taylor Maxey (Powey, Calif./Bishop's School) both scored in multiple events. Maxey was second in the discus (37.53m) and fifth in the shot put (11.46m), and registered a school-record toss of 37.09m in the hammer throw, but was not able to score in the event. Thompson finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (15.47), fifth in the 100m (12.76) and sixth in the 200m (26.70).

Other top performances include junior Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) in the 3,000m steeplechase (12:15.22), sophomore Brandie Huffman (Warrenton, Va./Fauqier) in the 10,000m (41:04.02), junior Teresa Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Mother of the Divine Grace) in the 10,000m (44:56.37) and Dannhauser in the javelin (27.17m).

The Generals return to action on May 3 when they travel to Liberty for the Liberty Twilight.