Cox's Corner: Track Teams Finished Off Indoor Season With Solid Efforts
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College track and field squads finished the indoor season with impressive performances at the ODAC Championships staged at Liberty University.
The men finished a solid second in the meet behind Lynchburg, trailing 169-125 in the final point standings.
Bridgewater sophomore Luke Sohl continues to cement his position as the premier distance runner in the conference.
Just months after winning the ODAC cross country individual title, Sohl added victories in the mile and 3000 meters at the indoor championships. Sohl was named the outstanding athlete of the meet after setting new ODAC Indoor Championship Meet records in both events.
Congratulations are also in order for head track coach Shane Stevens as he was named the men’s indoor track ODAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time.
The women finished fourth with a total of 66 points, but the finish could have been much better had the Eagles team been competing at full strength.
Bridgewater was without the services of jumper Jordan Pitchford and distance runners Olivia Mills and Kaylee Kubisiak – all out with injuries.
Pitchford scored 19 points in the indoor meet a year ago, including a win in the triple jumps and a second in the high jump. Mills and Kubisiak finished 1-2 this fall at the ODAC cross country championships and their availability could have provided numerous points in the distance events.
With those three athletes available, the Eagles may have challenged for second place in this year’s indoor meet.
It’s early in the spring season, but third base appears to be the marquee position on the diamond for the Eagles as Andrew Hacker and Melanie Lamb are off to red-hot starts at the plate.
Hacker was just named to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week after going 11-for-15 at the plate in four games this past weekend. He leads the ODAC in hitting with a .600 average after five games.
After opening the season with a loss at Ferrum, the Eagles reeled off four straight wins this past weekend and received votes in the week’s D3baseball.com Top 25 poll. The Eagles are facing some tough tests this week with a game at Mary Washington on Wednesday and a home doubleheader Saturday against Randolph-Macon to open the ODAC season.
The Eagles softball team traveled to Atlanta to open its season against some quality regional competition. Bridgewater faced nationally-ranked Emory for two games and played two more against the Mississippi College Choctaws. The Eagles came home with a 2-2 record after sweeping the two games against Mississippi College.
Lamb had a strong weekend at the plate as she finished 8-for-12 for a .667 average. Lamb was 3-for-6 in the two games against Emory and 5-for-6 in the games against the Choctaws. She is currently second in the ODAC in hitting.
The softball team will open its home schedule on Sunday against McDaniel and the program will show off recent improvements to its facility. New dugouts, fencing and a warning track are nearing completion, giving head coach Donnie Fulk’s program one of the top on-campus playing facilities in the ODAC and in the region.
Also deserving congratulations this week are head coach Mic Grant and the men’s lacrosse team for their 8-4 victory over Transylvania in the program’s first game. Landon Elmore will forever be the answer to a trivia question as the freshman from Salem, Va., scored the first goal in program history.
The men’s lax squad will try to make it two straight when the Eagles host Southern Virginia on Wednesday.
The men’s tennis team has played a brutal early spring schedule against some of the top programs in the region and this past weekend the Eagles picked up their first win of the spring with a 5-4 triumph over Salisbury.
Two more teams will finally swing into action this weekend for the first time this spring.
The women’s tennis team, after having a match rained out last week will finally get back on the courts Friday when the Eagles travel to Washington D.C. to play Catholic.
The women’s lacrosse team hits the playing field Saturday when the Eagles host Frostburg State.
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