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Date: October 2, 2006
Contact: Austin Stair Calhoun (540) 458-8674
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Gift, Burns and Wiltshire Nab Weekly Conference Honor

Junior Jimmy Gift

Sophomore Jackie Burns

Senior Anne Wiltshire

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee University earned the ODAC Player of the Week award for the sports of football, women's cross country and women's soccer for the week ending October 1.

Junior cornerback Jimmy Gift (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) was named ODAC Football Defensive Player of the Week, while sophomore Jackie Burns (Burke, Va./Woodward Academy) received the ODAC Runner of the Week for women's cross country. Senior forward Anne Wiltshire (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) earned the weekly award for women's soccer.

Gift was named the league's defensive POW due to his performance in the Generals' 33-10 win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday. He recovered a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown, while also adding seven tackles. Gift's touchdown was W&L's first defensive score since 2004.

The 2005 ODAC Rookie and Runner of the Year, Burns finished sixth overall out of 231 runners at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh with a personal-best time of 22:24, which is also the fastest 6k time in school history. Her performance helped lead W&L to a seventh-place finish out of 27 teams.

Wiltshire registered at least one goal in all three of Washington and Lee's wins last week as the women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to nine games. She notched her second hat trick of 2006 in a 6-0 win over Bridgewater on Wednesday. She also tallied a pair of goals in a 7-0 victory over Emory & Henry on Saturday and added one goal in a 5-0 win over Marymount on Sunday. With her 24 points (10 g, 4 a) in 2006, Wiltshire now ranks second all-time at W&L in career points (128), passing Fontaine Marcoux '04.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
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Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676