Buena Vista,VA- The Emory & Henry Men’s Cross Country Team got their first taste of action Friday evening at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Preview Meet. The event was hosted by Washington & Lee University and was held at Buena Vista Links Golf Course. Washington and Lee will also host this year’s ODAC Championship in October.
The event Friday featured dangerously hot conditions. Junior Michael LoGrande, from Alexandria, Virginia, led the pack for the Wasps, coming in at 21st overall with a score of 30:07. Coming in right behind him, 21 seconds later, to finish as the number two runner for Emory and 26th overall, was senior Kevin Watts, a senior from Stafford, Virginia, with a time of 30:28. Senior Alex Cooper, from Christiansburg, Virginia, and the sophomore duo of Zane Moran of Floyd, Virginia, and Wytheville, Virginia, native Austin Tolbert rounded out the top five for E&H.
Washington & Lee won the event, taking the top three places and putting their top five inside the top nine finishers. Lynchburg College finished second and Bridgewater College was third. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 in order are: Virginia Wesleyan, E&H, Shenandoah, Roanoke, Hampden-Sydney, Eastern Mennonite, and Southern Virginia. Mac Strehler (Washington & Lee), was the overall champion, finishing at 27:32 for the event. The top ten finishers behind Strehler were: Mackenzye Leroy (Washington & Lee), Cooper Baird (Washington & Lee), Josh Shaw (Lynchburg), Calvin Riss (Washington & Lee), Andrew Osborne (Lynchburg), Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Lynchburg), Trevor Maloney (Virginia Wesleyan), Phillip Harmon (Washington & Lee), and Drew Smith (Lynchburg).
While both men’s and women’s teams participated in Friday’s event, the women’s race was delayed one hour due to the extreme conditions of the heat, was shortened from 6k to 4k (from five miles to 2.5 miles). Which is why the men’s times are significantly higher than the women’s. E&H’s next race will be at the Greensboro Invitational on Saturday, September 24. The meet will be held at Hagan Stone Park. Last year, the E&H men’s team took home the team title for the Division III race while the women’s came in second.
– William Seidel