Runners Picked High In Preseason Polls

Megan Good finished 13th at the ODAC Championships as a freshman last fall. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Megan Good finished 13th at the ODAC Championships as a freshman last fall. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The ODAC coaches have a lot of respect for the EMU cross country programs, as evidenced by the league's preseason polls, which were released today.

The women's team was voted third in a very tight race, while the men came in fourth.

Eastern Mennonite's women return most of their runners from 2016, when they finished third in the ODAC Championships and tenth at the South/Southeast Regional Championships. That strong core earned the Royals 92 points in the preseason poll, just three points behind Roanoke but also a single point ahead of both Bridgewater and Lynchburg. Megan Good (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) earned All-ODAC Second Team status as a freshman, while senior Kat Lehman (Dover, Ohio/Dover) also returns. Lehman advanced to the NCAA National Championships in each of her first two seasons and was the ODAC Scholar-Athlete last year.

On the men's side, the Royals garnered 68 points, just ahead of fifth-place Roanoke at 66. Contrary to the women, however, the men lost most of their top runners from last year, including three-time All-Region runner Alec Thibodeaux. They were fourth at the ODAC meet and 11th at regionals.

EMU's runners start the new year on Sept. 2 at the Hyder-McMahill Invitational hosted by Montreat College in Black Mountain, N.C.

The program will be headed this fall by alum and former All-American Hannah Chappell-Dick, who was recently hired as the interim cross country coach.

The ODAC Preseason Polls are listed below.

Click here to see the full women's release from the ODAC, which includes preview capsules for each of the conference's cross country programs.

Click here to see the full men's release from the ODAC.

For more information on ODAC cross country, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

2017 ODAC WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 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 ODAC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Washington and Lee University (10)

100 pts.

2. Bridgewater College (1)

90 pts.

3. Lynchburg College

81 pts.

4. Eastern Mennonite University

68 pts.

5. Roanoke College

66 pts.

6. Virginia Wesleyan University

53 pts.

7. Shenandoah University

52 pts.

8. Emory & Henry College

35 pts.

9. Hampden-Sydney College

22 pts.

10. Randolph College

21 pts.

11. Guilford College

17 pts.