Spalding Named ODAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year

Head Coach Brandon Spalding instructing an athlete.

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its special awards for men's cross country on Thursday, and Washington and Lee Head Coach Brandon Spalding was named the Coach of the Year.

Spalding led W&L to its fourth straight ODAC Championship on October 27. The Generals won the meet by 33 points, which was the largest margin of victory in the conference since 2013. The Blue and White had five runners in the Top 10, and six athletes garnered All-ODAC recognition.

W&L went on to place fourth at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on November 10, with five runners earning all-region laurels. The group included first-years Drew Woodfolk (Kingwood, Texas/St. John's School) and Ethan Bernstein (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley), junior Austin Kinne (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley), and seniors Cooper Baird (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) and Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C./GRACE Christian School). 

Dolwick, Kinne, Bernstein and senior Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School) all garnered First Team All-ODAC honors at the conference championship by finishing in the Top 7. Patrick was also named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season in cross country.

Sophomores Daniel Cope (Dallas, Texas/St. Mark's School) and Freddie Marx (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) made Second Team All-ODAC by placing in the Top 14 at the league meet. This marked the second time in program history and the first since 2005, that six Generals garnered All-ODAC accolades.

This is the fourth straight Coach of the Year honor for Spalding. Senior Robert Hiegel of Bridgewater was the Runner of the Year, and first-year Skyler Lattuca of Virginia Wesleyan and first-year Max Sparks of Lynchburg were each named the Co-Rookie of the Year.

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