Cross Country at NCAA Nationals

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Washington and Lee juniors Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) and Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood), and sophomore Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) were all in action on Saturday morning at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships hosted by St. Olaf College.

Welsh, competing in the NCAA Championships for the first time, crossed the finish line in 26:10 to finish 164th out of 280 competitors. Tyler Sigl of Wisconsin-Platteville took the men’s race with a time of 24:24, while NYU was the men’s team champion.

Telfeyan placed 103rd of 280 runners in the women’s race, crossing the finish line with a lifetime-best time of 23:00. She finished 245th at the 2006 championship meet.

Taylor finished her first NCAA meet in 235th place with a time of 23:56. Sarah Zerzan of Willamette was the women’s champion with a time of 20:54, while Amherst took the women’s team title.

Cross Country at NCAA Regionals

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee cross country teams competed at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional hosted by Christopher Newport University and held at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Va. The women placed third out of 28 teams, while the men placed fourth out of 21 teams.

The women had two individuals qualify for nationals in sophomore Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) and junior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood). Telfeyan came in ninth place out of 186 runners with a time of 23:32, narrowly edging out Taylor, who finished 10th in a time of 23:33.

Telfeyan and Taylor earned all-region honors for their performances, as did junior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) and freshman Christine Ballistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead). Webb finished 14th in a time of 24:03, while Ballistreri took 33rd in a time of 24:54.

The men were led by junior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma), who placed fifth out of 170 runners in a time of 26:09, just seven seconds off the first-place finisher, and qualified for nationals. Junior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) finished 17th in a time of 26:43 and senior Tom Brower (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) crossed the tape in a time of 26:52 for 19th place.

Tefleyan, Taylor and Welsh will compete at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Northfield, Minn., hosted by St. Olaf College. Both teams will find out on Sunday if they received an at-large bid.

Cross Country hosts ODAC Championships

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships for the fourth-straight year as both teams won their respective races on Saturday morning at the Dick Miller Cross Country Course.

The W&L men finished first out of nine teams paced by junior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) and senior Tom Brower (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy), who finished second and third, respectively. Lynchburg’s Ricky Flynn won the men’s race, crossing the finish line in 27:23.18, followed by Welsh (27:56.35) and Brower (28:03.97).

Juniors Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) and Alex Jackson (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and senior Andrew Friski (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) joined Welsh and Brower on the All-ODAC team for W&L. Berry finished sixth with a time of 28:33.19, Jackson placed 13th with a time of 29:26.50 and Friski finished 14th (29:36.98).

Additionally, Brower was tabbed the ODAC Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year and John Tucker was named the ODAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his 19 seasons.

The Washington and Lee women claimed the team title by a single point over second-place Roanoke. Sophomore Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) earned ODAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year honors by winning the race with a time of 23:48.80. Junior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) placed second with a time of 24:09.25, while junior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) finished sixth with a time of 24:40.80. Freshmen Christine Ballistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) and Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and sophomore Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) also garnered All-ODAC recognition for their finishes. Ballistreri placed 11th with a time of 25:27.24, Fenwick finished 13th with a time of 25:34.59 and Todd placed 14th (25:37.74).

Taylor was named the ODAC Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year and Kris Hoey was selected the ODAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her five seasons.

Washington and Lee will continue action on November 10 as both the men and women participate in the NCAA Regional in Williamsburg, Va.

Women's Cross Country at DeSales Invitational

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee women's cross country team finished second out of 23 teams at the Desales Invitational on Saturday morning in Allentown, Pa.

The Generals were paced by sophomore Katherine Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge), who completed the course in 24:23 to finish in fifth out of 203 runners, while junior Rebecca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) crossed the tape in 24:31 to finish seventh overall.

Also finishing among W&L's top harriers were sophomore Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) with an 18th-place finish in 25:16 and junior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) with a 22nd-place finish in 25:16. Freshman Christine Balisterri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) finished 24th with a time of 25:18.

The women return to action on Sat., Oct. 27 at the ODAC Championships. The championship meet will take place in Lexington, Va., and the women's race is set to start at 11:00 am.

Women's Cross Country at William & Mary Invitational

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - - The Washington and Lee women’s cross country team finished sixth out of 10 Division I teams at the William & Mary Invitational on Saturday morning in Williamsburg, Va.

The Generals were led by sophomore Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge), who completed the course in 23:34 to finish 43rd out of 103 runners. Junior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) crossed the tape in 24:23 to finish 60th.

Also, making headway for the Blue and White was sophomore Dorthy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy), who took 62nd place with a time of 24:28, freshman Christine Balisterri's (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) 65th-place finish in 24:41 and freshman Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), who ran a 25:31 to finish in 75th place.

W&L returns to action on October 13 at the DeSales Invitational at 10:00 am.

Women's Cross Country at JMU Invitational

The Washington and Lee cross country teams were both in action on Saturday. The women competed at the James Madison Invitational and placed third out of eight teams, while the men participated in the NYU Invitational and took 10th place out of 23 teams.

At JMU, the Generals were led by sophomore Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge), who finished 24th out of 85 runners and first among Division III competitors with a time of 21:15 in the 5100 meter race. Freshman Christine Balistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) and sophomore Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) also finished in the Top 30. Balistreri placed 28th with a time of 21:36, while Todd crossed the finish line in 21:50 to snare 30th place.

At NYU, the men were paced by junior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma), who finished 18th out of 238 competitors with a time of 27:04. Junior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) also appeared in the top 50, taking 44th place with a time of 28:02. Senior Tom Brower (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) rounded out the Generals’ top performers with a 61st-place finish in a time of 28:26.

The men return to action at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28, while the women will participate in the William & Mary Invitational on Sept. 29.

Cross Country Hosts Washington and Lee Invitational

The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2007 season on Saturday morning at the W&L Invitational. The men finished first out of 13 teams, while the women finished second out of 13 teams.

In the men’s race, W&L had three runners finish in the Top 10 led by junior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma), who finished first out of 124 runners with a time of 28:39. Junior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) crossed the finish in a time of 29:26 to nab fourth place, while junior Anthony Ives (Charlotte, N.C./Harding University School) rounded out the Generals top finishers with a time of 30:23 to place tenth.

In the women’s meet, the Generals had two runners place in the Top 10, highlighted by sophomore Kat Telfeyan’s (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) sixth-place finish out of 108 runners in a time of 25:29. Sophomore Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) also finished among the top runners, clocking in a time of 25:39 to take ninth place. Lynchburg’s Jennie Pernisi won the women’s race in a time of 24:38.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday at the NYU Invitational at 10:00 am.