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Gamache, Mills win cross country titles

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

It was championship weekend for college cross country runners, and several local athletes brought home medals.

Christopher Newport junior Ray Gamache (King George) won the 8,000-meter men’s race (26:09.55) at Saturday’s USA South Conference meet in Greensboro, N.C., helping the Captains claim their 18th straight men’s team title.

The Captains also won the women’s crown, thanks in part to a sixth-place finish from sophomore Jessica McClelland (North Stafford). She was timed in 24:37.12 for 6,000 meters.

Bridgewater junior Olivia Mills (Fredericksburg Christian School) won her second straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and was named conference female runner of the year Saturday in Bedford.

Mills won the 6,000-meter race in 22:00.60, more than a minute ahead runner-up Lauren Schultz of Washington & Lee. She also led the Eagles to their first team title.

In the 8,000-meter men’s race, Lynchburg freshman Anthony McBride (Spotsylvania) finished 11th (26:57.30) and junior teammate Daniel Cutright (Louisa) finished 14th (27:05.00) to help the Hornets edge Guilford 59–60 for the team title.

East Carolina senior Brittany Copeland (Brooke Point) finished fourth (16:56.7) at Saturday’s Conference USA championships in Houston, setting a school 5,000-meter record.

At Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship at Clemson, Virginia sophomore Katherine Walker (Brooke Point) finished 23rd in the 6,000-meter women’s race (21:06), and sophomore Thomas Porter (Mountain View) was 57th in the 8,000-meter men’s race (24:48.1).

VMI junior Leah Schubel (Chancellor) was 22nd (18:49) and freshman Hannah Dickinson (Louisa) 42nd (19:25) in the 5,000-meter Big South women’s meet in Conway, S.C.

VCU senior Nicole Walters (Orange) was 59th 59 (24:38 for 6,000 meters) at the Colonial Athletic Association meet in Hampton, Ga.

FOOTBALL

Freshman Marcus Morrast (North Stafford) gained 88 yards on 12 carries in Christopher Newport’s 27–22 win over Greensboro on Saturday. But the Captains (6–2, 5–0 USA South) lost their second quarterback to injury this year, as sophomore Lynn Garner (Essex) suffered a leg injury. He had replaced junior Christian Woeffel–Monsivais (Stafford) earlier in the season.

Earlier, CNU defensive end Dayn Washburn (North Stafford) was named conference defensive player of the week and earned a spot on d3football.com’s national team of the week after forcing two fumbles, recovering one and making three tackles for loss on Oct. 22 against N.C. Wesleyan.

Senior Brad Starks (Orange) caught five passes for 45 yards and returned five kickoffs for 83 yards in West Virginia’s come-from-behind 41–31 victory at Rutgers on Saturday.

Freshman tight end Eric Frohnapfel (Colonial Forge) caught his first career touchdown pass, a 4-yarder, in Marshall’s 59–14 romp over UAB on Saturday.

Senior Tyler Weiss (Courtland) kicked two extra points in Virginia Tech’s 14–10 win over Duke after Cody Journell aggravated a quad injury. Weiss missed a 29-yard field-goal attempt.

Freshman Kirk Nelms (Riverbend) returned an interception 36 yards and had six tackles in Massachusetts’ 28–7 win at Richmond.

Sophomore linebacker Joel Elliott (Chancellor) returned an interception 14 yards and made five tackles in Denison’s 38-27 win over Oberlin on Saturday.

Senior linebacker Chris Wholey (Stafford) had a team-high seven tackles in Bridgewater’s 27–14 victory at Emory & Henry.

FIELD HOCKEY

Randolph–Macon freshman Carrie Jacobs (Orange) scored a career-high three goals Wednesday in a 4–1 regular-season finale win over Virginia Wesleyan. She ranks second in the ODAC in points (27) and goals (12) for the Yellow Jackets (9–7, 6–2), who host Virginia Wesleyan tomorrow.

Senior Amanda Babineau (Mountain View) scored her third goal of the year in Longwood’s 2–0 win over Appalachian State on Saturday, clinching the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference East Division title. The Lancers (11–8) face Pacific on Thursday in the NorPac quarterfinals.

Davidson junior Sarah Fisher (James Monroe) allowed a goal to Radford senior Melissa Register (Culpeper) but nothing else in the Wildcats’ 2–1 win Saturday.

Sophomore Mia Day (James Monroe) scored her third goal of the year in Denison’s 1–0 victory over No. 20 DePauw on Saturday, helping the Big Red (16–1) earn the top seed for this week’s North Coast Athletic Conference tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

Bridgewater freshman Kylie Graham (Spotsylvania) had three double-digit assist games last week, and senior Morgan Foster (Mountain View) had 11 kills in a victory over CNNY.

Stetson junior Kelli Carneal (Chancellor) had a combined 74 assists in wins over Savannah State and FGCU.

Chowan’s Peter Green (FCS) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association coach of the week after beating Virginia Union and Elizabeth City State. Junior Karina Monroe (Courtland) had 12 kills and senior Tori Lewis (Colonial Forge) 11 against ECSU.

Campbell freshman Brooke Kelley (Colonial Forge) had 13 kills in a win over Gardner–Webb.

SOCCER

Canisius senior forward Kelly Reinwald (North Stafford) scored in her final college game, a 1–1 tie with Iona on Sunday. She finishes as the Griffins’ career leader in points (107) and assists (35).

Senior Mackenzie King (North Stafford) also scored in her final college game as Longwood shut out Francis Marion 3–0 on Sunday.

SWIMMING

Freshman Jake Shafer (Riverbend) won the 200-meter freestyle (2:01.52) and 400 free (4:21.27) in VMI’s double-dual meet victories over NJIT and Manhattan on Friday, then took the 200 butterfly (2:02.81) against Howard on Saturday.

Junior Caroline Simmons (Colonial Forge) won the 50-yard freestyle (23.53) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay in Tennessee’s dual meet win over Louisville on Thursday.

BASKETBALL

Georgia Southern junior guard Meredyth Frye (Riverbend) was named to the preseason all-Southern Conference women’s team after averaging a team-high 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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