The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recently released is 2008-09 Indoor Track & Field Coaches Polls. The Washington and Lee women’s team was selected second, while the men’s team was tabbed third.
On the women’s side, defending champion Roanoke was a unanimous pick atop the poll with all six first-place votes (36 points). W&L was a close second (30), while Lynchburg (24), Bridgewater (17), Virginia Wesleyan (10) and Eastern Mennonite (9) rounded out the poll.
For the men, 11-time champion Lynchburg was a near-unanimous pick, finishing with five first place votes and 34 points overall. The Hornets were followed closely by Bridgewater, which garnered one first-place vote and 31 total points. W&L was third with 24 points, with Roanoke (17) placing fourth and Eastern Mennonite (10) and Virginia Wesleyan (10) completing the poll.
The W&L women are led by senior All-Americans Stacy Doornbos (Roswell, Ga./Lassiter) and Jessica Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park). Doornbos placed third in the heptathlon (4,737 points) at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last spring, while Shaw captured fifth in the 5,000 meters (16:56.78). The men are led by junior Billy Billington (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell). Billington won the 2008 ODAC Indoor Championship in the weight with a school and meet-record heave of 16.75 meters.
Both the men and the women open their seasons on Fri., Jan. 16, at VMI.
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