Winchester, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's and women's cross country team each took home second-place finishes Saturday at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship meet, hosted by Shenandoah University at Kernstown Battlefield.
Lynchburg's women saw four runners earn All-ODAC honors and put five in the meet's top 15, but first-place Washington and Lee earned 34 points to the Hornets' 39 on the 6k course.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) became Lynchburg's first top-three finisher since 2010, coming in third at 22:29.8 on the muddy course. Junior Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) and seniors Morgan Watson (Concord, Va.) and Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) all finished in the top 10, coming in at 23:18.8 (sixth), 23:24 (seventh), and 23:25.6 (eighth), respectively.
Sophomore Stephanie Burnett (Midlothian, Va.) took 15th, finishing in 24:03.5 to round out the Hornets' five.
Washington and Lee swept the league titles four the fourth straight season as the Generals men finished with 27 points to Lynchburg's 60 at the 8k distance.
Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) became a three-time All-ODAC performer with his fourth-place finish in 26:14, while freshman Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.) took eighth in 26:42.1 and junior Shawn Gmurek (Parkton, Md.) placed 12th in 27:05.8 to earn all-conference honors as well.
Bridgewater's Jamie Hiegel won the men's individual championship in 25:24.9, and the Eagles' Calista Ariel won the women's title in 22:16.8.
Lynchburg's teams will now turn their attention to the NCAA South/Southeast Regional meet, where they will aim to make the NCAA Division III championships field. The regional races will be hosted by Berry College, Saturday, Nov. 10 in Mount Berry, Ga.