For Immediate Release – 10/29/16 - #103
WildCats Run at ODAC Championships
BUENA VISTA, VA – On Saturday, the Randolph College cross country teams headed back to the Buena Vista Links Course for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships. Washington and Lee University hosted the meet, which was held at the same location of the ODAC Preview Meet earlier this year.
On the men's side, Alex Clem led the way once again in the 8K race. He improved his time from the Preview Meet by over three and a half minutes. He finished in 57th overall, which was a great improvement from last year's ODACs. He jumped 39 spots in the span of a year.
The next two 'Cats to finish also drastically improved on their times from the race earlier this year on the same course. Tory Myrick cut his time from the Preview Meet by almost seven minutes. He stopped the clock in 33:19.4. Drew Harman also took a massive chunk off his time, although not quite as much as Myrick, as he completed the race. Harman erased four and a half minutes, crossing the line in 37:26.9. The improvements by all of the runners shows the work the three have put into the year.
The women's race followed the men, with their distance being a 6K. Taylor Rama was the top finisher for the Randolph women's team, following what she has done all year. She stopped the clock at 26:39.4, using a late kick to edge out a runner from Eastern Mennonite by just over a second. Rama improved on last year's ODACs by seven places (moving up to 42) and by nine seconds.
Sophia Dill was the next 'Cat crossing the line. Dill came in at 31:46.4, sprinting ahead of a Sweet Briar harrier near the finale of the race. After spending most of the season rehabbing from an injury, Sara Garcia competed in her first collegiate race this Saturday. The first year, defeated several opponents, as she was the final WildCat to finish with a time of 35:19.2.
W&L won both the women's and men's team titles. Due to injuries forcing runners out of the race, neither Randolph team had enough entrants to qualify for a team position.
Randolph is scheduled to send runners to NCAA South/Southeast Regionals on November 12. Those not competing will begin preparation for the Indoor Track Season.
Also of note, both teams wore yellow shoelaces to support the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer Campaign. Proceeds from the shoelaces went to local hospitals to support families affected by the disease. If you would like more information or to donate, go to http://www.go4thegoal.org/laceup.html.