It was a Hampden-Sydney first on August 30th as The Manor Golf Club hosted its first cross country meet. The club’s newest golf course served as the terrain for the meet. The golf course environment made for an easier run due to the grass, but also a difficult experience as it featured numerous hills. The temperature was mild with a slight breeze and the receding amount of sunlight at dusk made for a perfect climate for the runners.
The ODAC Preview Meet offered a first look at this year’s teams from across the conference, such as Bridgewater College, Lynchburg College, and Washington and Lee University. The Tigers took ninth place at the event. Senior Andrew Stoddard looked to follow up on an impressive junior season in which his personal record was 27:23. He led the Tigers with a time of 28:56, taking 35th overall. Freshman Grant Brown posted a time of 29:31 to place 43rd, and fellow freshman Andrew Madison ran the course in 31:21 to take 73rd. Two sophomores rounded out the Tigers group, as William Imeson looked to improve on a solid freshman season. He finished the Manor course in 33:03 to take 85th place, while Evan Harris crossed the finish line 86th with a time of 33:16. Coach Betsy Leonard will look to use Stoddard and Imeson as the foundation to build a winning team upon.
Christopher Newport University was the big winner as they took team honors in both the men’s and women’s meets. Brian Flynn of Bridgewater College was the top men’s runner, while Casey Mackintosh from Washington & Lee took the top women’s spot.
The Tigers will now go into the season looking to exceed expectations after being picked to finish ninth in the ODAC Preseason Poll voted on by league coaches. The ODAC Preview Meet at The Manor will serve as a preview of the ODAC Championship Meet that The Manor and Hampden-Sydney will host on November 2nd.
Caption: Andrew Stoddard makes the final push to the finish line