Women's Cross Country at NCAA Nationals

HANOVER, Ind. -- Seniors Elizabeth Webb (Middlebury, Va./Wakefield) and Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) were in action on Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Division III women's cross country championships hosted by Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.

Webb crossed the finish line in 22:37.21 to place 115th out of 280 runners, while Shaw completed the course in 22:56.23 for an 156th place finish. This marks the first time Webb and Shaw have competed in the NCAA championships for cross country.

Cross Country at NCAA Regionals

SEQUIN, Texas -- The Washington and Lee men's and women's cross country teams were in action on Saturday morning at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships hosted by Texas Lutheran University.

The W&L women narrowly missed an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships as a team when they finished third overall out of 24 teams. The W&L men finished eighth out of 19 teams. The top two teams for both the men and women receive an automatic bid to the NCAA National Meet.

Individually, the women had four all-region runners led by seniors Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield), who both received individual bids to the NCAA Championship meet. Shaw finished 11th overall out of 169 runners with a time of 22:57, while Webb completed the course in 23:14 to finish in 14th place.

Senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) and junior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) also garnered all-region accolades due to their individual finishes. Taylor crossed the tape in 16th place (23:26), while Telfeyan placed 27th (23:59). Sophomore Christine Balistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) and junior Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) rounded out the Generals' top finishers in 38th (24:27) and 54th place (24:56), respectively.

The Washington and Lee men placed three runners on the all-region team highlighted by senior Michael Welsh's (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) 17th-place finish in a time of 26:25. Senior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) and sophomore Jack Ivy (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) joined Welsh on the all-region team. Berry finished 20th out of 151 runners with a time of 26:31 and Ivy placed 35th overall with a time of 27:02.

Senior Alex Jackson (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and first-year Matt Gossett (Atlanta, Ga./Wesleyan School) rounded out the top finishers for the Generals. Jackson placed 48th (27:24), while Gossett finished 80th (28:09).

The Washington and Lee men have now completed their season, while Shaw and Webb will compete as individuals at the NCAA Championships held on Saturday at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. The W&L women will also wait until Sunday's team selections to see if they will receive an at-large bid to the championship meet. 

Cross Country at ODAC Championships

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s cross country team claimed its fifth-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference title on Saturday morning at Virginia Wesleyan College. The W&L men placed third overall, just nine points away from winning its fifth-straight conference crown.

The women scored 23 points in taking four of the top seven individual places and finishing 25 points ahead of the second place team, Roanoke College. The men finished just nine points behind team champion Lynchburg College and seven points behind Virginia Wesleyan, the second place team.

The women were paced by senior Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park). Shaw won the race with a time of 21:41 en route to being named the ODAC Runner of the Year. Senior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) finished as the runner-up with a time of 21:54 and senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) placed fourth overall, crossing the tape in 22:26. Taylor was also named the ODAC Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third-straight year. Junior Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) joined Shaw, Webb and Taylor as a First Team All-ODAC honoree after placing seventh with a time of 22:52.

Junior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) and sophomores Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and Christine Balistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) all earned Second Team All-ODAC laurels. Telfeyan finished ninth overall (23:06), Fenwick placed 11th (23:22) and Balistreri completed the course in 23:32 for a 14th-place finish.

W&L Head Coach Kris Hoey was tabbed the ODAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fifth-straight year.

Senior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) led the W&L men with a third-place finish, completing the course in a time of 25.33. He also received the ODAC Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Welsh was joined on the All-ODAC First Team by senior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fa./Episcopal), who finished fifth overall with a time of 25:44. Sophomore Jack Ivy (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) earned Second Team All-ODAC accolades after finishing eighth overall (25:54), while senior Alex Jackson (Centreville, Va./Westfield) finished 20th overall with a time of 26:37.

The Generals will return to action on November 15 as they participate in the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship held at Texas Lutheran in San Antonio, Texas

Cross Country at Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble

OBERLIN, Ohio – The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action on Saturday morning at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble. The W&L women finished ninth out of 27 teams, while the men were 16th of 30 teams.

The W&L women were paced by senior Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), who finished 13th out of 232 runners with a time of 22:14. Senior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) placed 23rd overall with a time of 22:40, while senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) completed the course in 23:14 to place 48th overall.

Senior Michael Welsh (Tullahoma, Tenn./Tullahoma) paced the Washington and Lee men with a 41st place finish out of 271 runners. Welsh completed the course in 25:46. Senior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) finished in 52nd place with a time of 25:54, while senior Alex Jackson (Centreville, Va./Westfield) finished in 88th place, crossing the finish line in 26:26.

The Generals will return to action on Nov. 1 as both teams compete in the ODAC Championships hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College

Women's Cross Country at Virginia State Championship

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's cross country team finished first out of three teams that competed at the Virginia State Meet held at the Peak View Farms in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday morning.

The Generals were paced by first-year Kathryn Iwata (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep), who finished first overall out of 31 runners with a time of 26:09.79.  First-year classmates Alexandra Shabo (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), SoRelle Peat (St. Louis, Mo./Brentwood) and Lauren Laskowski (Golden, Colo./J.K. Mullen) and junior Rosemary Kelley (West Springfield, Va./West Springfield) all finished in the Top 5 as well.  Shabo finished fourth with a time of 26:50.60, Peat was fifth with a time of 26:56.93, Laskowski finished eighth (27:35.93) and Kelley placed ninth with a time of 27:40.63.

Washington and Lee will return to action on October 18 as it competes in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble beginning at 10:30 am.

Women's Cross Country at Roy Griak Invitational

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Washington and Lee women’s cross country team finished ninth out of 35 teams at the 23rd annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.

In the process, W&L knocked off several of the Top 25 teams in Division III, including 19th-ranked Wisconsin-Platteville and 21st-ranked Emory University.

The Generals were paced by senior Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), who finished ninth overall out of 485 runners with a time of 23:07. Senior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) placed 32nd overall with a time of 23:49, while junior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) crossed the finish line in 45th place with a time of 24:00.

Senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) finished 66th (24:18), junior Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) placed 98th (24:43), sophomore Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) finished 198th (25:48) and freshman Stephanie Beebe (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) rounded out the Generals’ top finishers by placing 218th with a time of 26:02.

The W&L women return to action on Oct. 4 as they participate in the Virginia State Championships. The men are also in action on Oct. 4 at the Hanover Invitational.

Women's Cross Country Hosts Washington and Lee Invitational

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished first overall at the W&L Invitational held at the Dick Miller Cross Country Courses on Saturday morning. The men were first out of 11 teams, while the women were first out of 10 teams.

Senior Vance Berry (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Episcopal) paced the men by finishing third overall with a time of 29:34. First-year Matt Gossett (Atlanta, Ga./Wesleyan School) placed fourth with a time of 29:38, while senior Alex Jackson (Centreville, Va./Westfield) finished sixth overall (29:55). Junior Stuart Vassey (Peachtree City, Ga./Woodward Academy) rounded out the W&L finishers in the Top 10, placing ninth with a time of 30:03.

The W&L women were led by senior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School), who won the race by crossing the finish line in 24:12. Junior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) completed the course in 24:36 to finish second overall, while senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) placed fourth overall with a time of 24:48. Junior Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) also finished in the Top 10, crossing the line in sixth place (25:08).

The W&L men will return to action on Saturday as they participate in the James Madison Invitational. The women will next compete on Sept. 27 at the Roy Griak Invitational held at the University of Minnesota.

Women's Cross Country at Virginia Wesleyan Invitational

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- The Washington and Lee women's cross country team opened the 2008-09 year in athletics with a near perfect race at the 6K Virginia Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday morning.  The Generals finished first out of 12 teams and took five of the top six individual placings in producing a near perfect point total of 18 points.

Senior Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) won the race by crossing the finish line in 22:17.  Senior Elizabeth Webb (Middleburg, Va./Wakefield School) placed second with a time of 22:37, while junior Kat Telfeyan (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) finished fourth with a time of 22:56.  Senior Becca Taylor (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) finished fifth (23:44) and junior Dorothy Todd (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) finished sixth with a time of 23:54.  Sophomores Christine Balistreri (Mequon, Wisc./Homestead) and Katherine Fenwick (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) wrapped up the W&L contingent by finishing 17th and 21st, respectively.  Balistreri completed the course in 25:12 and Fenwick crossed the line in 25:16.

Both the W&L women's and men's cross country teams will be in action on Saturday as they host the W&L Invitational starting at 10:00 am.