FOREST, Va. – The Bridgewater College women's indoor track and field team was picked fourth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Indoor Track and Field Coaches Poll released Friday by the conference office.
Last year at the ODAC Indoor Track Championships, the Eagles walked away with a fifth place finish and Jordan Pitchford earned ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades.
Pitchford returns this season after winning the triple jump (11.15 meters) and finishing second in the high jump (1.56 meters) at last year's championship.
Senior Morgan Keplinger also is back for the Eagles. She holds the Bridgewater indoor record in the 800-meter run. Senior Jenna Stacy finished sixth at the ODAC Championships a year ago in pole vault and returns for her final season.
Roanoke College was tabbed to repeat as the conference champions this year earning six of the eight possible first place votes.
Washington and Lee University and Lynchburg College each earned one first place vote but sit in second and third in the poll, respectively. Bridgewater and Shenandoah round out the top five earning 30 and 22 points, respectively.
Bridgewater opens the season Saturday at the Liberty University Kickoff in Lynchburg, Va.
2012-13 ODAC WOMEN'S TRACK COACHES POLL
(#) Denotes first place votes
1. Roanoke (6) 48 pts.
2. Washington and Lee (1) 43 pts.
3. Lynchburg (1) 37 pts.
4. Bridgewater 30 pts.
5. Shenandoah 22 pts.
5. Virginia Wesleyan 22 pts.
7. Eastern Mennonite 15 pts.
8. Guilford 7 pts.