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Men's Cross Country Recruit Central

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Eagle. Bridgewater has a great winning tradition and expects great things from all its athletics teams and student-athletes. We hope this page allows you to find all the information you need on your quest to join the Bridgewater Men's Cross Country Family. We wish you all the best and hope to see you in the near future.

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                              2013 championship team

Bridgewater Cross Country Foundational Values













Mission: In accordance with the Bridgewater College and the Bridgewater College Department of Athletics mission statements, it is the mission of the Bridgewater College Cross Country and Track & Field programs to create a supportive environment that focuses on the growth and development of its student-athletes physically, mentally, ethically and academically, providing the student-athlete with skills and character development that will serve them in life beyond college and intercollegiate athletics.  Specifically, the Bridgewater College Cross Country and Track & Field programs seek to create a culture of lasting athletic success that also fosters mutual respect for teammates, coaches and all members of the Bridgewater College community; that holds their student-athletes to a high standard of accountability in their athletic and academic endeavors; that teaches work ethic, patience and passion; that creates unity through promoting humility and support; and instills an attitude of persistence in its student-athletes, equipping them to face and learn from adversity, respect the process of growth and development, never settle and to contribute daily to their personal and the team’s progress.

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Program Highlights  2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
2013 NCAA South/Southeast Region Champions 
2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions

jamie hiegel
Jamie Hiegel won back-to-back
ODAC Runner of the Year awards
in 2017 and 2018.

National NCAA Individual Qualifiers
Charles Phillips - 1973
Mike Kidd - 1976
Jerry Crouse - 1978
Dwight Denlinger - 1980
Brandon Spalding - 2006
Luke Sohl - 2012
Team - 2013, 2014
Jamie Hiegel - 2016, 2017, 2018

National NCAA Team Qualfications
2013, 2014

Conference Champions
Jerry Crouse - 1978
Dwight Denlinger - 1980
Ross Bair - 2001
Jamie Hiegel - 2017, 2018

ODAC Runners of the Year
Jerry Crouse - 1978
Dwight Denlinger - 1980
Ross Bair - 2001
Jamie Hiegel - 2017, 2018

ODAC Rookie of the Year
Luke Sohl - 2011
Matt Denlinger - 2012
Trey Gibson - 2014

First Team All-ODAC Selections
Mike Kidd - 1976
Jerry Crouse - 1976, 1977, 1978
Darrell Metts - 1977
Curt Rowland - 1977
Dwight Denlinger - 1980
Terry Lenny - 1981
Roger Ripstein - 1984
Steve Spire - 1989
Jonathan Dean - 1995, 1997
Ross Bair - 1999, 2000, 2001
Stanley Peyton - 2004
Nathan Rittenhouse - 2006, 2007
Brandon Spalding - 2006, 2007
Luke Sohl - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Matt Denlinger - 2014
Keith Thomas - 2014
Trey Gibson - 2015, 2016
Jamie Hiegel - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Max Weidman - 2017

Second Team All-ODAC Selections

Robbie Olsen - 2003
Nathan Rittenhouse - 2005
Stanley Peyton - 2006
Jake Griffin – 2009, 2010
Tim Miller – 2011, 2013, 2014
Ryan Speray – 2011, 2012
Troy Jackson - 2013
Keith Thomas - 2013
Matt Denlinger – 2012, 2013
Aaron Hill - 2014
Trey Gibson - 2014
Wyatt Campbell - 2015
Connor Maguder – 2014, 2015, 2016
Johnny Haizel-Cobbina - 2017
Robert Theimer- 2017, 2018 Discover Bridgewater

Bridgewater College is an independent, private liberal arts college founded in 1880. Located only two hours southwest of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Bridgewater has a total enrollment of more than 1800 students representing 24 states and five countries. Bridgewater admitted women from the time of its founding and was the first private liberal arts college in Virginia to do so.

Bridgewater offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 24 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, the state's lowest crime rate, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.

Bridgewater College is recognized for its student-centered atmosphere and has been named "One of the Best Virginia Colleges and Universities in the Southeast," by The Princeton Review.