LYNCHBURG, VA - The Hampden-Sydney College cross country team opened their season yesterday evening at the Randolph College Invitational, collecting 38 points to finish fourth and narrowly edge Randolph College, who earned 39 points. Two Tiger runners placed in the top 20 underneath the heat of the blistering early autumn sun.
Several freshmen had a nice showing in their inaugural race and led the way for H-SC as the top four finishers for the Tigers were competing in their first collegiate meet. Andrew Stoddard (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) paced Hampden-Sydney, placing 12th with a time of 29:58. Tyler Wolfe (Powhatan, VA/Powhatan) crossed the finish line in 30:47, finishing in 21st place but grabbing the 19th spot for points. Casey Grimes (Warrenton, Va/Fauquier) trotted the course in 32:32 for 41st place. Colin Gordon (Douglassville, PA/Coventry Christian), Dan Isaacs (Troutville, VA/Lord Botetourt), Dave Barrett (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy), and Jay Artis (Washington DC/The Nora School) rounded out the Tiger contingent to take 47th, 48th, 51st, and 55th place.
The course is the very same course H-SC and the rest of the ODAC will take to on October 30th for the ODAC Championship, giving the Tigers an early peak at what to expect from the course later on in the season. According to head coach David Hodge, "This meet was a nice start to our season and really showed us what areas we need to improve upon."
Hampden-Sydney will next compete at the Washington & Lee Invitational on Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. in Lexington, VA.