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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Mills, Gamache repeat as champions
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
Conference cross country championship meets brought out the best in several local runners over the weekend.
At Saturday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference meet in Penn Laird, Bridgewater senior Olivia Mills (Fredericksburg Christian) won her second straight individual title. She covered the 6,000-meter course in 23:07.83, nearly 10 seconds ahead of freshman teammate Kaylee Kubisiak, to repeat as conference runner of the year.
Bridgewater freshman Makenzie McDonald (Colonial Forge) was 24th (25:39.80). Lynchburg sophomore Jacqueline Graham (Courtland) was 28th (26:07), and sophomore Monica Ashby (Courtland) was Randolph’s top finisher (59th, 28:38.05).
Lynchburg won the men’s team title, thanks to a third-place finish from senior Lawrence Minor (Louisa) and a seventh from sophomore Anthony McBride (Spotsylvania). Minor finished with 8,000-meter course in 26:43.01, McBride in 26:59.77.
Meanwhile senior Ray Gamache (King George) also repeated as champion as Christopher Newport’s men took the top five spots in the USA South Conference meet in Pleasant Garden, N.C. Gamache won the 8,000-meter race in 26:26.60. Senior teammate Daniel Austin (Culpeper) was sixth (28:28.38).
Junior Jessica McClelland (North Stafford) finished seventh (24;56.05) to help CNU win the women’s title. Freshman Graciela Slyer (Colonial Forge) was 32nd (28:52.80).
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Sophomore Thomas Porter (Mountain View) finished 11th (24:11.19 for 8,000 meters) to help Virginia’s men finish second behind Virginia Tech at Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference meet in Blacksburg. Virginia junior Katherine Walker (Brooke Point) was 58th in the women’s 6,000-meter race (22:20.9).
VMI senior Leah Schubel (Chancellor) finished 14th (18:33 for 5,000 meters) at Saturday’s Big South Conference meet in Rock Hill, S.C. Senior Lindsey Carty (Riverbend) was 71st (21:00) VMI sophomore Gabe Fisher (Riverbend) was 59th (27:38 for 8,000 meters) in the men’s meet.
George Mason sophomores Peyton Lowe (Riverbend) and Tyler Oliver (Stafford) finished 19th in their respective races at the Colonial Athletic Association meet in Fairfx. Lowe covered 6,000 meters in 22:23.5, Oliver 8,000 meters in 25:42.8.
Wilmington (Del.) freshman Jesus Amezquita (Mountain View) was named Central Athletic Collegiate Conference rookie of the year after finishing eighth at the recent league meet (28:31 for five miles) to help the Wildcats win the team title.
In their first Southeastern Conference meets, Mountain View grads Kim Ficenic finished 79th (22:23.22 for 6,000 meters) and Nic Wolfe 99th (26:35.33 for 8,000 meters) for Alabama in Nashville on Saturday.
Sophomore quarterback Marcus Morrast (North Stafford) ran for a 22-yard touchdown and went 13 of 19 passing for 148 yards to lead Christopher Newport over N.C. Wesleyan 17–10 Saturday and into a share of the USA South lead.
Junior defensive lineman Justin Navarro (Stafford) had eight tackles (including two sacks) and forced two fumbles for the Captains (4–1, 5–3). Senior quarterback John Jackson (James Monroe) passed for 334 yards for N.C. Wesleyan (1–4, 2–6). Junior Greg Edwards (JM) caught five passes for 89 yards and a a touchdown,
Sophomore quarterback Zac Naccarato (Riverbend_ hit senior Luke Sellers (Courtland) with five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in Randolph-Macon’s last-second 27-24 win at Shenandoah.
Sophomore cornerback Tim Scott (Colonial Forge) had six tackles and broke up a pass in North Carolina’s 43–35 win over N.C. State.
Junior cornerback Dexter McDougle (Stafford) had six solo tackles in Maryland’s 20–17 loss at Boston College.
Sophomore cornerback Shane Black (Mountain View) had seven tackles and broke up a pass in Lafayette’s 20–17 loss to Georgetown.
Senior linebacker Jake Johnson (Stafford) had nine tackles (two for loss) in South Alabama’s 38–24 loss to Louisiana–Monroe.
Senior linebacker Jabrel Mines (Caroline) had an interception and seven tackles in William & Mary’s 24-10 loss to Maine. Senior defensive lineman Nick Zaremba (Stafford) made two tackles for loss.
Junior linebacker Brock Bullock (Courtland) made five tackles (two for loss), forced a fumble and broke up a pass in Apprentice’s 48–14 loss to Point (Ala.).
Junior Kara Blosser (Courtland) scored her third goal of the season as No. 14 West Virginia wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title with a 1–0 overtime win over Texas Friday. The Mountaineers (7–0–1) will face eighth-seeded TCU Saturday in San Antonio.
Junior Jacob Lusczek (Chancellor) scored in Randolph’s 3–0 ODAC tournament win over Guilford Saturday quarterfinal after netting the go-ahead goal in Wednesday’s 2–1 victory over Randolph-Macon. The Wildcats (9–6–3) play No. 1 seed Roanoke in Wednesday’s semifinals in Salem.
Sophomore Tommy O’Neal (Courtland) scored as 14th-ranked Christopher Newport beat Piedmont 4–1 Saturday in a USA South quarterfinal.
Sophomore Taylor Herold (James Monroe) scored the eventual game-winning goal as fifth-ranked Penn State beat No. 21 Michigan State 6–1 Saturday to clinch its first Big Ten title since 2008. The top-seeded Lions (15–3, 5–1) will play either Iowa or Michigan State in Friday’s tournament semifinals in Iowa City.
Davidson senior goalie Sarah Fisher (James Monroe) won NorPac Conference East Division defensive player of the week honors for the fifth time in her career Monday. She made 16 saves and allowed three goals in two games (including a shutout of Radford).
Sophomore Kelsey Link (Spotsylvania) scored twice and sophomore Katie Kline (Colonial Forge) once in Lynchburg’s 13–0 romp over Sweet Briar in Thursday’s regular-season finale. Rankd 17th in Division III, the Hornets (8–0, 15–3) are scheduled to face Shenandoah in Tuesday’s ODAC semifinals. No. 2 Randolph-Macon will play Bridgewater in the other semifinal.
Reigning Conference USA women’s swimmer of the week Bailie Monahan (Colonial Forge) won the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.96) as East Carolina beat Catawba and Limestone in a tri-meet Friday. Monahan, a freshman, was honored after taking part in four event wins against Davidson the previous weekend.
Sophomore Hannah Melkun (Stafford) won the women’s 200-yard breaststroke (2:36.68) in a dual-meet win over Randolph-Macon Saturday. She was also second in the 100 breast (1:13.41) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay (1:54.50).
VMI sophomore Jake Shafer (Riverbend) won the men’s 100-meter butterfly (2:17.57) in a 172–87 dual-meet victory over Mount St. Mary’s Saturday.
Virginia senior Nick Montes de Oca (Orange) had the fastest time in the men’s 200 IM (1:52.40) in Sunday’s dual meet at Pittsburgh, while swimming as an exhibition.
Freshman Rachel Gallup (Courtland HS) had a team-high 17 kills in Catawba’s 3–0 sweep of Brevard on Friday.
Senior Karina Monroe (Courtland) had 10 kills and freshman Cindy Ehrich (Chancellor) had 11 digs in Chowan’s 3–0 sweep of Elizabeth City State.
Senior Sarah Frohnapfel (Colonial Forge) had 23 assists and 12 digs in Lafayette’s 3–2 loss to New Jersey Tech Tuesday.
Longwood junior Hannah Pierce (King George) shot a team-low 80–74–76—230 to tie for 15th out of 79 golfers at the weekend’s Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C.
Navy senior Oscar Huntley (Colonial Forge) is ranked ninth in the nation in d1collegewrestling.net’s preseason rankings at 174 pounds. Maryland junior Shane Gentry (Colonial Forge) is ranked 24th at 125.
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