Women Picked Seventh in ODAC Preseason Poll

Marissa Coombs
Marissa Coombs

Women Picked Seventh in ODAC Preseason Poll

FOREST, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University women's cross country team was picked to finish seventh Wednesday in a poll of the league's coaches.

Washington and Lee University is the clear favorite atop the ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll with 120 points and 10 first place votes, but just four tallies separate the next four teams in the annual coaches' survey. Roanoke College slots in second with 95 points, while Eastern Mennonite University chimes in third with 92 markers. Bridgewater College and Lynchburg College both occupy fourth position, each having picked up one first place vote and 91 total points.

A First Team All-ODAC selection last year, Marissa Coombs will look to lead the Virginia Wesleyan squad this year. At the South/Southeast Regional Championships hosted by Berry College, Coombs finished seventh with a time of 22:44.9 to earn a trip to the Division III championships.

Coombs ran a best of 22:21.3 at the National Championship to finish 160th among a lineup of the nation's best distance runners.

Virginia Wesleyan will begin the season on Friday, September 1st as the Marlins host the ODAC Preview Meet on the campus of VWU.

2017 ODAC WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Washington and Lee University (10) 120 pts.
2. Roanoke College 95 pts.
3. Eastern Mennonite University 92 pts.
4. Bridgewater College (1) 91 pts.
4. Lynchburg College (1) 91 pts.
6. Shenandoah University 79 pts.
7. Virginia Wesleyan University 68 pts.
8. Emory & Henry College 44 pts.
9. Guilford College 38 pts.
10. Randolph College 33 pts.
11. Hollins University 25 pts.
12. Sweet Briar College 16 pts.
   

 


 

2017 Poll Position: T-4th
Head Coach: Brian Flynn
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 5th (130 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Magdalene Mann - 24:22.4 (15th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 13th (384 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Magdalene Mann - 24:03.0 (45th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Calista Ariel - 23:47.2 (Don Cathcart)
  2017 Poll Position: 10th
Head Coach: Bill Cooper
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: No team score
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Taylor Rama - 26:39.4 (42nd)
2016 Regionals Finish: No team score
2016 Regionals Top Time: Taylor Rama - 26:11.9 (122nd)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Baylee Snead - 23:27.6 (Maroon Inv.)
  6K Course: Sophia Dill - 28:41.8 (Gettysburg)
     
2017 Poll Position: 3rd
Head Coach: Hannah Chappell-Dick
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 3rd (103 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Megan Good - 24:16.2 (13th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 10th (322 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Laurie Serrell - 24:38.9 (63rd)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Megan Good
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Kat Lehman - 23:29.9 (Paul Short)
  2017 Poll Position: 2nd
Head Coach: Kirk Nauman
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 2nd (67 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Kerri Dalton - 22:39.1 (1st)
2016 Regionals Finish: 7th (182 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Kerri Dalton - 22:41.4 (6th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: Kerri Dalton - 22:09.0 (129th)
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Jennifer Barthol - 20:23.40 (Asheville)
  6K Course: Jennifer Barthol - 24:07.4 (Gettysburg)
     
2017 Poll Position: 8th
Head Coach: Ian Layne
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 8th (229 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Erica Grupp - 25:31.9 (30th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 23rd (654 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Erica Grupp - 25:01.3 (80th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Erica Grupp - 21:47.3 (Greensboro)
  6K Course: Erica Grupp - 24:48.1 (Piedmont)
  2017 Poll Position: 6th
Head Coach: Andy Marrocco
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 4th (126 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Shelby Shrader - 23:53.9 (9th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 11th (325th)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Shelby Shrader - 23:45.8 (33rd)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Emily Miller
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Emily Miller - 21:43.9 (Hornet Harrier)
  6K Course: Emily Miller - 24:00.7 (Rowan)
     
2017 Poll Position: 9th
Head Coach: Jamie McNeair-Reese
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 9th (233 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Sommer Fanney - 23:58.8 (10th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 24th (666 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Sommer Fanney - 25:18.4 (91st)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Sommer Fanney
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Sommer Fanney - 21:12.5 (Chick-Fil-A)
  6K Course: Sommer Fanney - 23:58.8 (ODAC Champs)
   2017 Poll Position: 12th
Head Coach: Megan Behrle
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 11th (310 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Victoria Lawson - 28:44.9 (62nd)
2016 Regionals Finish: Did not compete
2016 Regionals Top Time: N/A
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Victoria Lawson - 24:41.8 (Greensboro)
  6K Course: Victoria Lawson - 28:44.9 (ODAC Champs)
     
 2017 Poll Position: 11th
Head Coaches: Jenny Logan/Brian Kastner
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 10th (281 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Jhovanna Ramirez-Salmeron - 27:26.6 (50th)
2016 Regionals Finish: Did not compete
2016 Regionals Top Time: N/A
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Jhovanna Ramirez-Salmeron - 22:31.0 (Hagan Stone)
  6K Course: Jhovanna Ramirez-Salmeron - 27:19.8 (Gettysburg)
   2017 Poll Position: 7th
Head Coach: Krista Littleton
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 7th (155 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Marissa Coombs - 23:39.2 (7th)
2016 Regionals Finish: 14th (415 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Marissa Coombs - 22:44.9 (7th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: Marissa Coombs - 22:21.3 (160th)
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 Marissa Coombs
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Marissa Coombs - 22:43.0 (Gettysburg)
     
2017 Poll Position: T-4th
Head Coach: Jim Sprecher
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 6th (134 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Morgan Alvis - 23:28.4 (5th)
2016 Regionals Finish: No team score
2016 Regionals Top Time: Morgan Alvis - 23:32.8 (24th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: None
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 Morgan Alvis, Samantha Schreiber
  Second Team: None
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Did not compete at this distance
  6K Course: Samantha Schreiber - 22:28.7 (Oberlin)
   2017 Poll Position: 1st
Head Coach: Mike Dager
2016 ODAC Champs Finish: 1st (38 pts.)
2016 ODAC Champs Top Time: Samantha Yates - 22:53.3 (2nd)
2016 Regionals Finish: 4th (126 pts.)
2016 Regionals Top Time: Samantha Yates - 22:50.0 (9th)
2016 NCAA D-III Champs Competitors: Samantha Yates - 22:10.3 (132nd)
Returning All-ODAC RUNNERS
  First Team:
 Samantha Yates, Maggie Seybold
  Second Team: Kirsten McMichael, Julia Moody, Katie Bearup
Top Returners by Time
  5K Course: Samantha Yates - 18:59.0 (Royals Challenge)
  6K Course: Samantha Yates - 22:10.3 (NCAA Champs)