W&L Cross Country Teams Picked to Win ODAC Title

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2007 preseason coaches poll on Monday afternoon and the Washington and Lee men's and women's teams were both chosen as the favorites to win the crown.

The W&L men, who have won three-straight titles, received eight first-place votes and 98 points to take first in the poll. Bridgewater had two first-place votes and 91 points and was followed by Lynchburg (78), Roanoke (64), Virginia Wesleyan (60), Guilford (46), Hampden-Sydney (43), Eastern Mennonite (34), Emory & Henry (21) and Randolph (15).

The Generals return 15 letterwinners, including each of their top seven runners, from last season. Headlining the list are juniors Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) and Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) and senior Tom Brower (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy), all of whom earned First Team All-ODAC and All-Region honors last season.

The Generals' women, who have also won three consecutive ODAC crowns, received all nine first-place votes and 81 points. They were followed by Roanoke (70), Lynchburg (58), Bridgewater (51), Eastern Mennonite (45), Virginia Wesleyan (41), Guilford (28), Emory & Henry (18) and Randolph (13).

W&L returns eight letterwinners, including sophomore Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge), who finished second at the ODAC Championship and ninth at the NCAA Regional en route to qualifying for the NCAA National Championships.

Washington and Lee opens in 2007 cross country campaign by hosting the Generals Invitational on Sept. 8 at 10:00 am.