Washington and Lee University turned its home venue advantage into one title on Saturday afternoon as the Generals claimed the ODAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field championship. Bridgewater College took home the ODAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field trophy after two days of competition in rainy conditions in Lexington.
The 2017 ODAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships are set to return to Wintergreen Resort and Stoney Creek Golf Course in Nellysford, Va., this weekend in Virginia's central mountain region. Championship play is slated for a play of 54-hole tournaments beginning on Sunday, April 23 and concluding on Tuesday, April 25.
The ODAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for Wilson Field at Washington and Lee University this weekend as the Generals open their campus to the rest of the conference for two days of competition in Lexington. ODAC squads will compete in 40 total events (20 men, 20 women) beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and continuing on Saturday, April 22.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced a four-year span of championship hosts sites for all divisions on Tuesday afternoon, and while there certainly is change for some very familiar sports to ODAC and Division III fans, one thing remains constant --- the ODAC, its member schools, and the City of Salem will be busy.
Spring championships are right around the corner, and ODAC athletes continue to gear up for runs in the postseason. Those earning weekly awards include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Cole Migliorini from Randolph-Macon baseball, Taylor Carter from Roanoke softball, Colin Morse from Shenandoah baseball, Hanna Hull from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Morgan Barlow from RC women's lacrosse, Evan Lombardo from Lynchburg men's lacrosse, Kateri Johnson from Hollins tennis, Paul Gladstone from Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis, Evan Truman from LC men's track, Lizzy Stanton from Washington and Lee women's track, Mac Strehler from W&L men's track, Marissa Coombs from VWC women's track, Alex Nelson from R-MC men's golf, and Christina Herbert from Bridgewater women's golf.
In the 11th edition of the ODAC 40 features, we take a look back to a stellar 1992 spring campaign at Roanoke College that featured arguably the best combined season by a conference school's men's and women's lacrosse teams. Both the Maroons men's and women's programs won games in the NCAA Tournament after strong ODAC seasons.
Conference pictures are starting to come into focus as ODAC teams work deeper into their seasons and athletes continue to perform at high levels. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Mary-Frances Hall from Washington and Lee women's golf, Zachary Evens from Guilford men's golf, Alicia Sandoval from Lynchburg women's lacrosse, Logan Adams from LC men's lacrosse, Grant Amoateng from Eastern Mennonite men's track, Katelyn Senger from Bridgewater women's track, Evan Truman from LC men's track, Amber Celen from BC women's track, Whitney Kiser from BC women's tennis, Joe Dillenbeck from BC men's tennis, Danielle Loving from Emory & Henry softball, Jeff Butler from Randolph-Macon baseball, Hanna Hull from Virginia Wesleyan softball, and Tom Concklin from W&L baseball.
For the third time in four years, drama featured at the ODAC Equestrian Championships with a tight finish after three classes of competition at the Kirby Riding Ring and Stables at Hollins University. The host proved the victor, collecting 17 points to deny Sweet Briar College a third straight league crown by just one point. Lynchburg College rounded out the top-three with 12 points, earning the Hornets their first out-right third-place finish since 1995.
The ODAC Equestrian Championships return to the Hollins University and the Kirby Riding Ring and Stables on Wednesday, April 5, a location at which the conference's annual event has not been conducted since 2011. Each of the ODAC's six competing programs will compete over three rounds of competition beginning at 1:00 p.m.
All conference sports are settling into the ODAC portions of their schedules, lending to some outstanding performances over the past week. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Matt Wasson from Washington and Lee baseball, Jessica Lindsay from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Eli Sumpter from Roanoke baseball, Hanna Hull from VWC softball, Emily Saathoff from Randolph-Macon women's golf, Ocean Armstrong from Bridgewater men's golf, Susie Snee from R-MC women's lacrosse, Evan Lombardo from Lynchburg men's lacrosse, Thomas Rishcoff from BC men's tennis, Brooke Donnelly from W&L women's tennis, Prescott Terrell from BC men's track, Katelyn Senger from BC women's track, Connor Faint from Eastern Mennonite men's track, and Tajah Miller from EMU women's track.
The completion of the winter season of athletics brings about the second update of the ODAC Commissioner's Cups presented by Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance. Much like in the fall, Washington and Lee University holds a firm grasp on the lead in the Dan Wooldridge Overall Championships Cup and the ODAC Women's Commissioner's Cup, but there's a neck-and-neck race for the ODAC Men's Commissioner's Cup. Randolph-Macon College and Washington and Lee are knotted for the top spot.
In the 10th edition of the ODAC 40 features, we head about an hour east of the ODAC office to Hampden-Sydney to talk about a historic men's basketball team. The 1998-99 Tigers made a run all the way to the national championship game and finished as the Division III runner-up after a double-overtime thriller against Wisconsin-Platteville.
Spring schedules filled with a few more conference games over the past week as ODAC teams return from spring break and associated trips. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Kiersten Richardson from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Anderson Baldy from Washington and Lee baseball, Hanna Hull from VWC softball, Amanda Dionne from Guilford women's lacrosse, Ian Levin from Hampden-Sydney men's lacrosse, Michelle Fleenor from W&L women's tennis, Will Bannister from W&L men's tennis, Carter Morgan from VWC men's golf, Katelyn Senger from Bridgewater women's track, Dash Dericks from W&L mens' track, Amanda Lee from W&L women's track, Evan Truman from Lynchburg men's track, and Nick Bay from VWC baseball.
It was a historic weekend for the nine ODAC swimmers that traveled to Shenandoah, Texas, for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, especially those wearing Washington and Lee apparel. Eight Generals combined to secure 21 All-American awards over four days of competition at the CISD Natatorium.