For immediate release – 10/27/2012 - #137
Stanton, Men's XC Take ODAC Crowns
PENN LAIRD, VA – Cody Stanton captured his first ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title and Runner of the Year Award to help the Lynchburg College men's cross country team win the overall title Saturday. In the meet, hosted by Eastern Mennonite University at the Peaksview Course, LC tallied 28 points, running away from second-place finisher Bridgewater College, who scored 57 points. Four of the first seven people to cross the finish line were wearing the Hornet colors. The point total was the best for the any championship winning team since 2005.
Stanton pushed ahead early on to finish in a time of 26:16.11, which was a course record. It was the first ODAC individual champion for Lynchburg since Ricky Flynn won his third straight in 2009. Lawrence Minor continued to show he likes the Penn Laird area, taking home the bronze at 26:43.01.
Nolan Compton took fifth in the meet at 26:53.09. Anthony McBride was the fourth Hornet to cross the finish line, taking seventh in 26:59.77. Evan Parry rounded out the scoring for LC, as he captured 12th place in a time of 27:42.54. It was the highest finish at an ODAC meet for all of the Lynchburg runners, with Compton tying his best from his freshman year.
Head coach Doug Thomasey was named ODAC Coach of the Year for the third straight year, making it five years in a row that the Lynchburg head coach has taken home the honor. It is also the fifth straight year the Hornets have won the overall title.
LC will take next week off before heading to the South/Southeast Regional in Atlanta on November 10. The meet will be hosted by Emory University, who is currently the top ranked team in the region, one spot ahead of the Hornets.
Final Team Standings
1. Lynchburg College – 28 points
2. Bridgewater (Va.) College – 57 points
3. Roanoke College– 134 points
4. Guilford College – 136 points
5. Washington and Lee University – 137 points
6. Eastern Mennonite University – 146 points
7. Shenandoah University – 206 points
8. Virginia Wesleyan College – 209 points
9. Hampden-Sydney College – 233 points
10. Emory & Henry College – 243 points
11. Randolph College – 253 points