2005
Track & Field

Outlook

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Energy, excitement and enthusiasm…..this is a trend which is spreading rapidly throughout the Generals Track & Field program.  The generals are eager to build upon the success of the 2004 season.  In 2004 W&L Track & Field had a strong year….boasting 7 – New School Records, 5- Individual Conference Champions, 14- All Conference Performances, 1- Conference Record, and both Men’s and Women’s teams were named to the USTCA All-Academic Team (for having a cumulative GPA over 3.10). 

“Our goal is to put ourselves in position to compete for the conference championship each year,” said Coach Hoey.  “We are in a building process which takes some time, but with that said, both teams will be much deeper in 2005 which should enable us to continue to build on the success of the 2004 season and into the future.”

When asked to sum up his thoughts on the upcoming 05 season Coach Hoey responds, “Anything can happen and if everyone can stay healthy, the Generals will definitely have an exciting year.”

 

 

 

 

WOMEN:

The Washington and Lee University Women’s Track & Field team is poised and ready for a great season!!  The lady Generals return almost their entire team for the 2005 campaign with only one loss to graduation.  The Women will also be bolstered with the addition of 12 new freshmen faces to join the team.

The Lady Generals will look to keep the momentum rolling from the 2004 season; they saw a 50 point increase at the ODAC Championship meet while breaking five school records.  “We are a deep team this year with a great work ethic.  If everyone continues to develop, this is going to be a very exciting season!”  

 

Here is a breakdown of the events:

 

Sprints, Hurdles & Relays:

The sprint, hurdle and relay group was a strong point for the 2004 team and looks only to get stronger in 2005.  The group will again be led by senior co-captains Meredith Walker and Kim Gunst.  Walker led the team at the 04 Conference championships placing 2nd in the 100m, 4th in the 200m and anchoring both 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams to 2nd place finishes.   Sophomore Sara Behmerwohld returns after making an immediate impact in her freshmen season placing 2nd in the 400m hurdles (setting a new school record) and 3rd in the 100m hurdles.  Behmerwohld also set a new school record in the indoor 55 meter hurdles.  Sophomore Huntley Rodes also made a major impact placing
4th in the 400m hurdles.  Behmerwohld, Tompokins, Gunst and Walker joined up to place 2nd in the 4x100 relay setting a new school record, while Behmerwohld, Gunst, Rodes and Walker teamed up in a very excited 4x400m relay to place 2nd.  Senior Casey Sharpe returns after moving up to the 400 hurdles in 04 and will look to use her first year experience to score in her final campaign!

Joining this strong group will be Freshmen Diana Dozier, Lauren Morea, Dargan McMaster, and Whitney Rothstein.   Dozier will look to make a splash in the conference 400m race.  Morea will see split time between the 400m and 800m, while McMaster and Rothstein will look to make their mark in the hurdles.  All will add depth to what looks to be a strong relay pool.



School Record Breaking 4x100 Relay

 

Middle Distance & Distance:

Talent and depth are the name of the game here.  Returning to lead this group are Juniors Mary Christopher, Betsy Frayer and Sophomore Jenny Ratzel.  Frayer was the 04 Conference champion in the indoor Two mile, and earned All-ODAC honors this fall in cross country.  She will look to repeat and contend for the outdoor 5,000m crown.  Christopher placed in both the 800m and the 1500m at the indoor and outdoor championship meets and will look to contend for titles in 05.  Sophomore Jenny Ratzel was another All-ODAC performer this fall (in cross country) and was consistent all track season long and capped the year off placing 3rd in the 800m, she will look to move up this season.  2004 Cross Country Runner and Freshmen of the Year, Lindsay Erickson won the ODAC Cross Country individual championship and qualified for the NCAA championships, while fellow freshmen Kelley Zwart also earned All-ODAC honors finishing 6th.  Both will now look to make their mark on the track.   Add freshmen middle distance runners Jessica Buckingham, Lauren Morea and Maggie Neugent, Jenna Thorne and Grayson Wallace combined with returning runners, Ashley Brown, Julie Harris, Debra Kubas, Megan Ward and Sarah Williamson and the middle distance and distance crew will be a major focal point of the 2005 season.


2004 ODAC Championship Women's Cross Country Team


 

Jumps:

Returning senior Meredith Walker and Sophomore Huntley Rodes will led a young and talented group of jumpers this season.  Walker placed 3rd in the Long Jump while Rodes finished 4th in the Triple Jump last season at the ODAC championships.  Sophomore Cagla Defterali placed in the Long Jump and will look to improve and score in both horizontal jumps in 05.  Look for Freshmen Liz Brandler, Erin Vaughn and Diana Dozier to be in the mix right away.  Brandler is a talented jumper with major potential in the Pole Vault, and Triple Jump, and will also look to score in the Long and High Jumps.  Erin Vaughn, a strong jumper will look to do some big things right away in the Triple and Long Jumps.  Diana Dozier is also ready to make her presence known in the triple jump. 

 


Sophomrore Jumper & Hurdler Huntley Rodes

 

Throws:

Senior Emily Barker had a great year leading the throwing crew in 2004 placing 2nd in the Javelin and 3rd in the Shot Put.  She will look to move up and compete for the conference crown in her senior season.  Senior Bethany Dannelly will also look to move up in the Javelin.

 


Senior Thrower Emily Barker

 

 

 

 

MEN:

The men’s Track & Field team returns 11 letter winners and adds a group of 14 freshmen.  The combination of young new faces and experienced returning upperclassmen will look to put the Generals in the mix for the 2005 season!  “We are very excited about the depth and talent of the team this year…..We have energetic young newcomers who are eager to make their mark… combined with experienced and talented returning athletes…..that will make for a dynamic combination.”    

 

Here is a breakdown of the events:

 

 

Sprints, Hurdles & Relays:

Returning to lead the sprint, hurdle and relay crew will be 2004 indoor 55 meter conference champion Brian Krupczak. He looks to return to top form (after suffering an injury which sidelined him for most of his Jr. season) and leave his mark on the ODAC during his senior campaign.  Krupczak will be joined by fellow senior Lee Stinnett.  Stinnett placed in the indoor 200m last year and was member of both scoring relay teams at the outdoor championships.  Stinnett looks to move up in 05. Junior James Montgomery returns to add depth to the sprint and relay squad.   They will be joined by freshmen Larry Clark, Marshall French, Aaron Fulk, Thomas Hubka, Wilson Robinson and Trent Pickel.  French, Fulk and Robinson are strong long sprinters while Hubka will look to strengthen the short sprint crew and Clark will take on the high hurdles and short sprints.  All will also be looked upon for the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

 


Senior Sprinter & Jumper Brian Krupczak

 

 

Middle Distance & Distance:  

Coming off an ODAC Cross County championship, depth and talent will be the name of the game for the Generals distance crew.  Returning ODAC Champion (1,500m; 5,000m; XC), NCAA South / Southeast Cross Country Runner of the year, and National qualifier, Nathan Johnson will team up with returning All-Conference and Academic All-American senior Steve Chambers to lead a strong group of middle distance and distance runners.  Junior Andrew Johnson will look to make his mark this season after a solid cross country campaign.  Senior Norman Senior had a breakout year in 04 in both the 800m and the 400m, he will look to finish the season out with the conference elite.  Bolstering the distance crew is a strong group of freshmen.  Tom Brower (XC All-Region), Kevin Donovan, Andrew Friski (XC All-ODAC), Arie George, Jack Jeong, Alex Mahoney(XC All-ODAC, All-Region & ODAC Freshmen of the Year), Steve Rivoir and Ben Stinson.  Brower and Mahoney, earned All Region honors this fall in cross country and will be a strong threat in the 5K and 10K.  Donovan, Jeong, and Friski will look to compete with the conference elite in the 1,500, while Rivoir and Stinson have their eye on the 800m.  All will look to make an immediate impact on the conference scene. 

 


2004 ODAC Championship Men's Cross Country Team

 

 

Jumps:

Youth will take charge in the jumps.  Returning talented sophomore High Jumper Ryan Edge will look to move up and compete for the ODAC crown this year.  Freshmen Wilson Robinson will look to show his stuff in the Pole Vault as well.  Senior Brian Krupczak with a 22’ PR on his resume is always a threat in the event and will look to move up one spot from his 2nd place finish in 2003.  Newcomer Michael Stanton has tremendous leaping ability and may emerge as a conference contender.

 


Sophomore Jumper Ryan Edge

 

 

Throws:

Senior Chris Walker took the ODAC by storm winning the indoor 35lb weight throw and setting a conference record.  He also earned All-ODAC honors by placing second in the Shot Put.  He will be joined by Transfer Walker Duncan.  Duncan was a Heptagonal Championship qualifier in 2003 and will look to team up with Chris Walker to threaten for ODAC titles in the Weight Throw and Hammer Throw.  Sophomore Andrew Fischer returns in the Javelin and will look to move up from 04.  He is very explosive and could be in the mix at conference time. 

 


Senior Thrower Chris Walker

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