Tallman and Lee Named ODAC Track and Field Athletes of the Year
FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Year on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee senior Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) took home the male award, while first-year Dana Lee (Nashville, Tenn./St. Cecilia Academy) snagged the women’s honor.
The duo combined for three All-American awards along with three major honors from the conference. The pair also broke 10 W&L records over the course of the indoor and outdoor seasons.
During the indoor season, Lee was named the league’s indoor Rookie of the Year, after finishing second in the long jump (5.35m) and the 200m (26.51), along with placing fourth in the 60m (8.09) and fifth in the triple jump (10.36m) at the ODAC Championship. She started the year off by breaking the W&L and ODAC long jump record with a leap of 5.63m (18’5.75”) at the Liberty Open. Lee ended the indoor season by just missing All-America honors, taking ninth in the long jump (5.41m; 17’9.00”) at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Lee continued her success during the outdoor season, which concluded with a seventh-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Championship to claim All-America accolades. She recorded a mark of 5.59m (18’4.25”) to earn the honor. Lee previously won the long jump (5.45m) at the ODAC Championship, while also taking third in the 200m (26.05) and triple jump (10.98m), fourth in the 100m (12.79) and was part of the 4x400m relay (4:01.31) that placed second. She was named the Co-Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the meet.
In the outdoor W&L record books, Lee broke the long jump (5.73m), triple jump (10.98m) and 100m (12.63) marks, and was a part of the 4x400m relay (4:01.31) that set a new Generals’ record. She also recently received the W&L Outstanding First-Year Female Athlete Award.
Tallman finished his four-year career for the Blue and White by claiming the program’s first national title in the 400m at the NCAA Division III Championship. He crossed the finish line in a W&L record time of 47.19 and earned All-America honors. He also competed in the 4x100m relay at the meet, and the quartet took ninth (42.24), just missing finals qualification by 0.12 seconds. The time did set a new W&L record.
At the outdoor ODAC Championship, Tallman garnered Athlete of the Meet recognition by winning a pair of individual events and helping the W&L relays to two victories. He won the 400m with an ODAC championship record-time of 47.66 seconds. He went on to win the 800m (1:55.84) and place fourth in the 200m (22.22). Tallman and his teammates won both the 4x400m (3:20.66) and 4x100m (42.13) relays.
Tallman also broke the Generals record in the 800m (1:52.68) and was a part of the record setting 4x400m relay (3:15.00). For his success during the outdoor season, Tallman was named the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year.
During the indoor season, Tallman placed third in the 400m (48.09) at the NCAA Championship to earn his first career All-America honor. He finished second in the event (49.48) at the ODAC Championship. He also joined his teammates as runners-up in the 4x400m relay (3:23.98) and placed third individually in the 200m (22.38). Tallman was recently named the W&L “Pres” Brown Outstanding Senior Male Athlete.
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