Guilford College Pair Wins Weekly ODAC Player of the Week Honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College’s E’leyna Garcia (Plantation, Fla./Pine Crest Prep) earned the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week Award and the Quakers’ Chad Norton (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake) was named the league’s Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week Monday. Norton also won the Guilford Student-Athlete of the Week Award, presented by the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Eâ??leyna Garcia 2014

Garcia, a 5-10 junior attacker, won the league’s weekly honor for the second time in three weeks. She helped the Quakers to a 1-1 week with a team-high 14 points on 13 goals and an assist. In the Quakers’ 14-12 home setback to Rochester Institute of Technology Feb. 25, Garcia scored four points on three goals and an assists. Three days later, she netted a school-record 10 goals in Guilford’s 21-7 road win over crosstown-rival Greensboro College. Garcia broke the former Quakers’ standard of nine, which stood since 1993.

Three games into the season, Garcia leads the ODAC in points (22) and goals (19). She also moved into fifth place on Guilford’s career scoring list with 166 points and into seventh on the Quakers’ career goals chart with 121. She occupies second place on Guilford’s career assists list with 45.
Coach Sarah Lamphier’s Quakers (2-1) host Wittenberg University Wednesday (3/6) at 3:00 p.m.

Chad Norton 2014

Norton, a 6-2, 145-pound distance runner, won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the PowerSox Invitational Mar. 3. His winning time of nine minutes, 50.38 seconds is the fastest of his career and the seventh-best time in Guilford history. Norton also had the top Division III result and placed eighth overall among 43 runners in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.17. He ran a leg on Guilford’s 4×400 relay that placed sixth among 14 teams in 3:41.93, tops in the ODAC this year. Norton also ran the 200-meter dash for the first time in his college career and placed 32nd in 25.18 seconds, the ODAC’s ninth-best time to date.

Coach Danny Cash’s Quakers are back in action Mar. 15-16 at the Wake Forest University Open.

The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school’s 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school’s student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive and participation in Champs Life Skills, which promotes intercollegiate athletics as a key part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. Its aim is to increase student-athletes’ community involvement and to engage the greater Guilford community with the athletic department.