LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Washington and Lee women's track and field team finished second (128 points) by two points at the 2013 Women's ODAC Indoor Championship on Friday at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. Roanoke claimed the title with 130 points.
The Generals and the Maroons were tied at 120 points heading into the final event (4x400m relay) of the meet. Roanoke crossed the finish line first with a time of 3:59.58. W&L came in eight seconds behind to take second at 4:07.66. The quartet consisted of junior Lauren Woodie (Bluefield, Va./Graham), first-year Johanna Goergen (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), sophomore Sarah Helms (Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth) and sophomore Janey Fugate (Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy).
The Blue and White won three events, securing First Team All-ODAC honors in each competition. In all, the Generals totaled 13 All-ODAC honors, which were awarded to all Top 3 finish. The team also set a school record, an ODAC meet record and senior Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete.
Sophomore Jillian Katterhagen (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) won the pole vault, senior Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) claimed the title in the 3,000m and the DMR set an ODAC meet record in taking first. The combo of senior Teresa Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Mother of Divine Grace), Helms, Goergen and Ortiz made up the DMR that finished in 12:58.54. The previous record was 13:13.27 set by Lynchburg in 2011.
In the pole vault, the Generals took the top three spots. Katterhagen eclipsed 3.20m (10'06.00") to win the event. Junior Alexandra Hagan (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) took second at 2.95m (9'08.00") and first-year Kaela Fiutak (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles) finished third at 2.95m (9'08.00").
W&L also had three athletes score in the 3,000m, which tied the meet at 120 points before the final event. Ortiz won with a time of 10:39.22, junior Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) took third at 10:47.68 and sophomore Casey Mackintosh (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) came in fifth at 10:53.04.
Senior Marissa Thompson (Chatham, Va./Chatham) scored in five events, including a school record in the triple jump. She finished fourth in the long jump at 5.10m (16'08.75") and fourth in the triple jump at 10.83m (35'06.50"). The mark in the triple jump broke her own school record of 34'10.50". Thompson also took sixth in the 60m at 8.07 and sixth in the 200m at 27.06. In the 60mH, Thompson was one of three Generals to score. Fugate took third with a time of 9.47, Thompson came in fourth at 9.54 and Katterhagen placed fifth at 9.59.
First-year Maggie Kleber (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) claimed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.56m (5'01.25"), with junior Leigh Dannhauser (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) taking sixth at 1.56m (5'01.25"). In the 400m, Fugate finished second with a time of 59.48, and Woodie came in sixth at 62.22.
Madison secured third in the 800m with a time of 2:23.06, and Goergen took fifth at 2:27.11. In the mile, Madison claimed a second-place finish at 5:15.11, and Ortiz scored in her third event by finishing fifth in 5:27.80. The final two scorers for the Generals came in the 5,000m. Schultz crossed the finish line third at 18:37.50 and Mackintosh was right on her heels in fourth at 18:37.74.
Select athletes will compete next at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet on March 2.
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