The men's cross country team earned its third consecutive Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title Saturday. Head Coach Doug Thomasey took home the Coach of the Year award and freshman Cody Stanton (Memphis, NY/Jordan Elbridge) was voted the Male Rookie of the Year award.
The Hornets scored 34 points to earn the win, Guilford College was in second with 64 points. Senior Ryan Van Alstine (Midland Park, NJ/Midland Park) finished third overall with a time of 26:20. Stanton was right behind Van Alstine in 26:25.
Senior Nolan Compton (Manassas, VA/Osbourn Park) finished in seventh at 26:52 while junior Lawrence Minor (Mineral, VA/Louisa County) came in ninth at 26:59. Rounding out the top five for Lynchburg was sophomore Brian Robinson (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) who finished with a time of 27:17.
On the women's side, senior Jennie Pernisi (Camden, NY/Altmar-Parish Williamstown) successfully defended her women's cross country individual title Saturday. The Hornets took second place in the team scoring in the event held at the Presbyterian Home, with Washington & Lee University winning by a tight margin of 46 points for LC's 47. Hornet junior Molly Galloway (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) earned the conference's women's cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
Pernisi won the women's race in 22:58, 22 seconds ahead of the next nearest competitor. Freshman Krystal Foster (Islandia, NY/St. John the Baptist) finished fourth in 23:44, with Galloway in eighth in 24:04. Kiley Trennepohl (Monticello, IN/The Culver Academies) was 10th in 24.14 while Naomi Tice rounded out the LC top five in 24th in 25:48. Pernisi and Foster earn first-team All-ODAC honors while Galloway and Trennepohl both took home second-team accolades.
The men's and women's teams will compete in the NCAA Division III Regional Meet Saturday, November 13 in Memphis, Tenn.