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Winding through the hilly woods west of the campus, Washington and Lee's two demanding cross country courses offer many challenges for both men and women. Both courses, 8,000 meters for the men and 5,000 meters for the women, are entirely on natural surfaces except for road crossings.

Both courses start on the playing fields above Wilson Field near the Liberty Hall Ruins. The ruins are a landmark from the University's earliest years when it was known as Liberty Hall Academy.

The men's course descends quickly from the playing fields down to the Maury River, climbs back up to the fields and descends again to the river before climbing up once more to finish near the ruins.

The women's course circles all of the playing fields before heading into the woods for its longest loop and then returning for another circuit of the playing fields.

The men's course record is 25:20.9, set by Eastern Mennonite's Kenny Layman at the 1976 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships. The top W&L time, 26:18, is shared by Stu Nibley, who ran it in 1974 and Angus McBryde, who equalled that time in 1983. McBryde owns W&L's 8,000 meter all-course record with a time of 24:19 set at the 1983 NCAA Division III Championship at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

The record for the women's course is 18:14 set by Josephine Schaeffer in 1992 at the W&L Invitational. Schaeffer also holds the women's all-course record with a time of 16:46 set in winning the NCAA South/Southeast Regional in 1993 at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670