Cox's Corner: Eagles Featured In South/Southeast Region Event Rankings
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - When the USTFCCA released its indoor track regional rankings, both the Bridgewater men and women checked in at No. 7 in the South/Southeast Region.
Several Bridgewater student-athletes also cracked the South/Southeast Region individual event rankings released earlier this week.
First-year jumper Pete Monteleone is ranked in both the long and triple jumps in the South/Southeast Region. Monteleone tops the charts in the long jump with a best effort of 21 feet, 11 ¾ inches. He ranks No. 7 in the triple jump with a distance of 43 feet, ¼ inch.
The Eagles distance medley relay team is ranked No. 1 in the region with a time of 10:34.37. Running for the Eagles were Nevin Heckman, Sam Gunther, Keith Thomas and Luke Sohl.
Bridgewater’s 4x400 relay team of Gunther, Heckman, Monteleone and Tim Wisniewski is ranked fifth in the region with a time of 3:31.53.
Three Bridgewater women, led by freshman Kristen Trice, are ranked in the triple jump. Trice is ranked No. 1 with a best jump of 36 feet, 4 ¼ inches and teammate Melanie Waters is second with a best of 35 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Megan Conley checks in at No. 7 with a jump of 32 feet, 6 ½ inches.
In the long jump, Waters is No. 6 in the rankings at 16 feet, 3 inches while Trice is No. 8 with a best of 15 feet, 10 ½ inches.
The women’s distance medley relay team is ranked No. 2 in the South/Southeast with a time of 13:17.17. Running on the team were Stephanie Breen, Emily Mellman, Morgan Keplinger and Olivia Mills.
The track teams are back in action Friday in Lynchburg at the Liberty University Open.
Baseball: While it certainly doesn’t feel anything like baseball weather, the Eagles baseball squad was in the news.
The D3Baseball.com Preseason poll has been released and the Eagles received votes but failed to crack the Top 25. The Eagles finished with 15 points in the voting, placing BC in the Top 35.
Two other teams from the ODAC were also mentioned in the poll. Conference newcomer Shenandoah was ranked No. 23 and defending ODAC champ Lynchburg received votes and finished just ahead of the Eagles with 20 points.
Bridgewater will face a strong non-conference slate of opponents, highlighted by a doubleheader at Christopher Newport on March 30.
The Eagles will also be traveling to California during spring break for five games, two against teams that received votes in the preseason. On their final day of play out West on March 14, the Eagles will face Ithaca College in the morning and Cal Lutheran in the afternoon.
Bridgewater opens its home schedule against Messiah on Feb. 23. The Falcons won the Commonwealth Conference a year ago to advance to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Softball: No one can accuse Bridgewater softball head coach Donnie Fulk of scheduling cupcakes for non-conference games during the upcoming season.
This spring Bridgewater will play five teams that won conference titles and played in the 2012 NCAA tournament. The Eagles have games set against conference champs Emory (University Athletic Association), McDaniel (Centennial), St. Norbert (Midwest Conference), Coast Guard Academy (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference) and Illinois Wesleyan.(College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin).
The season-opener is less than a month away and the Eagles will be traveling to Atlanta for 3N2 Invitational. The Eagles will play four games – two against Emory and two against Mississippi College. Emory finished with a 34-5 record a year and was ranked No. 13 in the final NFCA Division III Top 25. Mississippi College is perennially one of the top teams in the American Southwest Conference. The Choctaws were 26-14 a year ago.
The Eagles will spend spring break in Florida, playing eight games in four days. The trip will be highlighted by a contest against Illinois Wesleyan. The Titans were 39-8 in 2012 and were ranked No. 10 in the final Top 25 poll of the season.