W&L Women's Cross Country Claims ODAC Championship
HARRISONBURG, Va. — For the second time in the last three years, the Washington and Lee women's cross country team is the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions. The Generals took five of the Top-9 spots to win the league championship at Eastern Mennonite on Saturday with 29 points. Bridgewater came in second with 51 points and Lynchburg took third (85 points).
Senior Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) finished third overall in 23:39 at her final ODAC Championship. She also was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Senior Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) finished seven seconds behind Schultz with a time of 23:46 in fourth place. Sophomore Casey Mackintosh (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) took fifth in 24:06. In eighth place, junior Brandie Huffman (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) crossed the finish line at 24:20, and rounding out the scoring for W&L was junior Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) in ninth with a time of 24:31.
All five of the runners earned All-ODAC honors by placing in the Top 9. Schultz, Ortiz and Mackintosh made the first team, while Huffman and Madison garnered second-team honors. It marked the fourth consecutive season Schultz has earned First Team All-ODAC honors. Ortiz made the second team her first year, Madison garnered first-team accolades last year and Huffman earned a spot on the second team in 2011. It was the first All-ODAC honor for Mackintosh.
Along with the runners securing honors, head coach Kris Hoey was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. It is the seventh time she has received the honor, and the seventh time in her nine seasons as head coach the team won the ODAC title. She also has now coached the most ODAC Championship teams in the history of the conference.
W&L last won the ODAC Championship in 2010, after winning five straight from 2004-08. The victory brings Washington and Lee's total of women's cross country ODAC titles to 14, which is eight more than any other team in the conference.
The Generals next compete at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, hosted by Emory, on November 10.
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