College Cross Country News – Guilford Teams Ranked in Preseason ODAC Polls

FOREST, Va. – Guilford College’s men’s cross country team received one first-place vote and was ranked fourth overall in the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Monday. The Quakers were picked ninth in the women’s rankings. Lynchburg College, which won last year’s men’s ODAC title and Bridgewater College, defending women’s champion, took the top spot in their respective polls.

Guilford’s men’s team returns four letter winners from the 2011 season. The Quakers took second in the ODAC Championships after a video tie-breaker between Lynchburg’s Brian Robinson and Guilford’s Tim Aune gave Lynchburg the one point needed for its fourth consecutive ODAC title. The Quakers placed fourth at the 2011 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships in San Antonio, Texas, tops in school history.

Junior Chad Norton (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake) paces the returning men’s harriers for Guilford. He had six of the team’s seven-best times last season and received First Team All-ODAC honors as well as All-South and Division III All-Academic status. Other key veterans this year include junior David Cason (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) and senior Richard Rogers (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak).

Guilford’s women’s team has four returners from the 2011 season, including sophomore Jasmine O’Neill (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland). She was consistently the team’s second-best runner and ran her best six-kilometer time (25:46.50) at the ODAC Championships where she finished 31st. The Quakers finished seventh among eight teams in last year’s league championships.

Head coach Danny Cash’s teams open the 2012 season this Friday (8/31) evening at the Eastern Mennonite University Royals Invitational in a preview of this year’s ODAC Championships course in Harrisonburg, Va.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

   1. Bridgewater (9)            81 pts.
   2. Washington and Lee (1)     72 pts.
   3. Virginia Wesleyan          55 pts.
   4. Lynchburg                  53 pts.
   5. Shenandoah                 50 pts.
   6. Roanoke                    45 pts.
   7. Eastern Mennonite          41 pts.
   8. Randolph                   23 pts.
   9. Guilford                   17 pts.
  10. Emory & Henry              13 pts.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

   1. Lynchburg (8)             98 pts.
   2. Bridgewater (2)           86 pts.
   3. Roanoke                   71 pts.
   4. Guilford (1)              69 pts.
   5. Virginia Wesleyan         65 pts.
   6. Shenandoah                59 pts.
   7. Eastern Mennonite         50 pts.
   7. Washington and Lee        50 pts.
   9. Hampden-Sydney            26 pts.
  10. Emory & Henry             17 pts.
  11. Randolph                  14 pts.