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Date: August 28, 2002
Contact: Aaron Hatfield (540) 463-8674
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Defending Champs Lynchburg, Eastern Mennonite Nab Top Spots

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's and women's cross country teams were both picked to finish third in the preseason ODAC Coaches' Poll, which was released Wednesday morning.

The W&L men's squad, which finished third in last year's ODAC Championships, received one first-place vote to trail defending champ and preseason favorite Lynchburg (four first-place votes), and Roanoke (one first-place vote). Rounding out the poll were Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Virginia Wesleyan, Emory & Henry and Hampden-Sydney.

The W&L women placed fourth in the ODAC Championships in 2001 after having earned championships in 2000 and 1999. They trail Eastern Mennonite and Roanoke in the preseason voting. Lynchburg, Bridgewater, Virginia Wesleyan and Emory & Henry fill out the poll.

W&L welcomes back experienced runners on both the men's and women's team. Will Teichman (High Point, N.C./T. Wingate Andrews) returns for his senior year after earning Second Team All-ODAC honors last season. Senior Burke Duncan (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) returns for the women after finishing as a First-Team All-ODAC performer each of the last three years. She placed 9th out of 144 runners in the 2001 NCAA South Regional.

The Generals men's and women's teams will both kick off the season at the Elon Invitational on Sat., Sept. 7 at 10:45 am.



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