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Women’s Cross-Country Ranks 2nd

Caitlin Dorsch, Copy Desk Chief~

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches released their annual preseason poll on August 16, 2018 with the University of Lynchburg Women’s Cross Country team obtaining a rank of second-place, just 13 points behind Washington and Lee University.

Having brought back most of the squad and by adding one freshmen to the mix, the UofL team seems ready to attack any course. The returning runners, who are apart of the UofL outdoor track and field program in the spring, are fresh off their first conference title since 2011.

Although being ranked second in the poll, the UofL runners feel that they should have been ranked first. Sophomore, Kaitlyn Johnson said, “We have a chip on our shoulder about being ranked second. We’ve been working so hard for it; we won outdoor track ODACs and beat [Washington and Lee] in regionals last year.”  Junior, Michela Cholak insisted, “We are preparing for the season by doing high intensity training, doing our endurance and two-mile time trials, and going on runs together.”

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Lynchburg College Women’s Cross Country team. Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Sports website, August 26. Photo taken by Hannah Grasberger (currently a senior at UofL)

The UofL runners believe that their team dynamic will help them excel into first place as the season progresses.  Sophomore, Stephanie Burnett said this UofL team is the “closest team [she has] ever had” and that the most important entity of a strong team, no matter the sport, is when “you actually like the people you are with, spending time with them, and hanging out off of the track.”

“I think the cool thing about our team is that even if we are dealing with something, we still help each other through whatever we are dealing with. We are there for each other,” adds Senior, Morgan Watson.

“After our two-mile time trial, Coach [Jake Reed] told us that our sixth girl was one minute and a half faster than our sixth girl last year. And, we beat [Washington and Lee University] in regionals last year. We are coming back this year stronger than ever,” says Burnett.

“Coming from a small town where everybody knows each other, it’s really nice to come here and immediately feel a strong family aspect on this team. I am so excited for what is to come,” states Freshmen, Rosie Gumm.

“We are ready,” says Johnson.

The UofL Lady Hornets begin their quest this Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, North Carolina. Then, they head just down the road to Blacksburg for the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitation on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Running Back with the ODAC

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

The Women’s Track & Field program here at Lynchburg College has added on to their program’s history. On Saturday, April 22, they brought home another ODAC Championship title. This was the first title for their program since 2011 and their 9th overall.

The women won with a total 195 points, which was 30 points over the second-placed Bridgewater College. They placed in four individual championships as well, which helped lead them to the overall title. Read more

Hornets vs. Maroons

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

On Saturday, April 14,  Lynchburg College’s women’s softball team hosted Roanoke College in their annual military appreciation game. The day also doubled as their Code Red game. The double-header ended in a split, with each team taking home a win.

Roanoke won the first game with a final score of 12-7. The Hornets scored two runs in the first inning and five in the last, while Roanoke scored two in the first, seven in the last and one run each in the second, third and sixth innings. Read more

Women’s Lacrosse Season So Far

Hannah Ramsey, Guest Writer~

The women’s lacrosse team faced stiff competition at the beginning of their season, but they are on track to being successful with two Old Dominion Athletic Conference wins under their belt.

Coach Bruce Reid said, “We played tougher competition this year at the beginning of the season, that starts off with non-conference games and the reason being is that we wanted a challenging, competitive schedule so it would hopefully help us as we go into conference play.” Read more

DIII Week for Student Athletes

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

Lynchburg College celebrated a nationwide event for Division III athletes, known as “DIII Week”  between April 2-8.The Lynchburg College Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) provided a week full of events for our students and student-athletes here on campus.

On Monday, a penny-war was started between the sports teams here at LC. The goal of this was not only to have a competition between all the athletes and their teams, but also to raise money for the water mission in Puerto Rico. Read more

Hornet’s Softball

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

This weekend, the Lynchburg College women’s softball team split a doubleheader with the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets.

R-MC was ranked fourth in the nation and was on a 21-game winning streak until LC brought that to an abrupt halt. The first game ended in extra innings where LC took the lead and won 6-5. Read more

Montgomery Cup Golfers

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

On March 23 and 24, the Lynchburg College men’s golf team travelled to play at the Montgomery Cup sponsored by Rosemont College.

The first round of competition was held on March 23 in Downingtown, Pa. LC was led that day by upperclassmen Josh Irby and Brandon Terrell. Irby got his momentum in the later round scoring a 1-over 73. Read more

Let’s Play Ball

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

The Lynchburg College softball team has started off their 2018 season on a high note. They currently are 11-3 overall and have a winning percentage of .786. After starting off 8-0, the lady Hornets were ranked 19 in the NFCA’s (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) top 25. Read more

Running Bases

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

This past weekend of Feb. 24 and 25, the Lynchburg College men’s baseball team went 3-1, after playing in two double-headers.

On Feb. 24, LC faced off against the College of Mount Saint Vincent and won both games of the double-header, 9-2 and 18-1. The Hornets were led by four seniors: right fielder Will Harris, first baseman Matt Ward, center fielder Brad Hylton and catcher Matthew Cotton. Harris went six for nine and brought in four runs. Ward hit a homer and brought in three runs. Hylton also hit a home run and went three for six bringing in five runners, and Cotton capped it all off with a home run of his own. Read more

Off to a Swinging Start

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

The Lynchburg College women’s softball team kicked off their 2018 season with a double header against Methodist University on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Liberty University.

The games were held at LU due to weather and the condition of the field here at LC. Nevertheless, LC defeated Methodist in both games. Read more

Lady Hornets Senior Appreciation

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

Saturday, Feb. 10, marked the final regular season home game for the Lynchburg College women’s basketball seniors. The Lady Hornets faced off against Washington & Lee University and defeated them 66-47.

Before the game began, the three seniors on the women’s basketball team were honored in front of LC fans and family members. These seniors included forward Brittany Afolabi-Brown, guard Olivia DeFrancesco and forward Caroline Naumann. Read more

Club Sports: Budgeting Woes

Matt Fichtel, Guest Writer~

There are currently 15 active club sports teams on campus, so the problem for the new club sports director, Benjamin Smith, has been to find out how to divide the budget between each team. Smith said that teams are not experiencing budget cuts but a reallocation of funds. This reallocation has affected some of the new, up-and-coming teams more than it has the older, more established teams. Read more

Setting the Bar High

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

This past weekend, Jan. 26 and 27, the Lynchburg College women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams competed in the Liberty University Kickoff held right up the road.

LC ended the night having set new school and personal records. Natalie Deacon, who has already set previous school records in track during her first year competing, is now a graduate student who has once again set a record. Read more

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