August 29, 2011

Cross Country Season Preview, Picked Seventh in the ODAC

FOREST, VA - The 2011 rendition of the cross country team will look to rely on a solid returning cast that features its two top runners from a year ago in junior Andrew Craver (East Bend, NC/Forbush) and sophomore Andrew Stoddard (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin). The Tigers were picked in a tie for seventh in the ODAC Preseason Poll, finishing with 27 points (full poll at bottom).

Last year H-SC placed seventh at the ODAC Championship, improveing two spots from the year before. H-SC will seek to continue moving up the standings this season behind new head coach Betsy Prengaman, who took over the reigns of the team in January following the departure of former head coach Dave Hodge.

Stoddard and Craver faught back and forth all season between first and second place on the team. Stoddard managed to finish first in all but one event as Craver took top place on the squad in the ODAC Championship meet. Craver would finish runner up in every meet he competed in. Stoddard posted four of the team's 10 best times with the top time on the team at 28:22. Craver tallied three top 10 times with his best coming in at 28:41.

Yonathan Tarekegne-Ararso (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia/Woodberry Forest) rounds out last year's top-10 placements as he completed the ODAC Championship in 30:11.

Also returning from last year's group are David Barrett (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy), Ned Belliveau (Lexington, VA / Rockbridge County), and Sam Smith (Kitty Hawk, NC / First Flight).

The Tigers welcome to the mix on this year's squad a George Mason junior transfer in Henry Loehr (Free Union, VA / Western Albemarle) and freshman Brett Crocker (Troutville, VA / Lord Botetourt).

Hampden-Sydney gets their season started this Thursday as they participate in the Lynchburg College Hornet Challenge at the Claytor Nature Center in Bedford, VA - the site of this year's 2011 ODAC Championship meet.

2011 ODAC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Lynchburg (9)

81 pts.

2. Guilford

67 pts.

3. Bridgewater

59 pts.

3. Virginia Wesleyan (1)

59 pts.

5. Roanoke

48 pts.

6. Washington and Lee

43 pts.

7. Hampden-Sydney

27 pts.

7. Randolph

27 pts.

9. Eastern Mennonite

22 pts.

11. Emory & Henry

17 pts.