EMU Men Pegged For Sixth In ODAC Standings

Junior Jesse Parker is the leading returner for EMU's cross country men.  (photo by Wayne Gehman)
Junior Jesse Parker is the leading returner for EMU's cross country men. (photo by Wayne Gehman)

As could be expected, the EMU men's cross country team has been picked to finish in the middle of the pack in this year's Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings, being voted for sixth by the league's coaches.  The Royals took sixth at last fall's ODAC Championships and start this season with a number of new but talented faces.

Junior Jesse Parker (Wichita, Kan./Wichita East) and sophomore Patrick Graber (Dayton, Va./Benjamin Logan) are the only two returners from last year, with Parker taking on a captain's role this fall.  Among the newcomers are transfers Jacob Landis (Sterling, Ill./Sterling) and Ryan Gehman (Millersville, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite).  Landis went to the NJCAA nationals each of his two seasons at Hesston College, while Gehman went to the NAIA national meet last year as a sophomore at Montreat College.

Eastern Mennonite opens the fall season this Friday at the ODAC Preview meet, hosted by Hamden-Sydney College on The Manor Course in Farmville, Va.  The ODAC Championships will be back on the same course on Nov. 2.

Click here to read the season preview for EMU men's cross country.

Bridgewater College received eight first place votes and 98 total points en route to leading the rankings in the 2013 ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll.  Lynchburg College collected the remaining three top nods as part of a 92-point showing to place second.  Guilford College is four points clear of Washington and Lee University for third with 74 tallies in the annual survey of the league's head coaches.

At the 2012 ODAC Cross Country Championships, it was Lynchburg who claimed top prize, placing four runners within the top-seven and all five scoring runners in the top-12 on the way to besting second place Bridgewater, 28 points to 57.  LC has won an ODAC-best 17 overall team titles, including the past five straight.

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(#) Denotes first place votes

1. Bridgewater (8)

98 pts.

2. Lynchburg (3)

92 pts.

3. Guilford

74 pts.

4. Washington and Lee

70 pts.

5. Roanoke

63 pts.

6. Eastern Mennonite

59 pts.

7. Virginia Wesleyan

40 pts.

8. Shenandoah

37 pts.

9. Hampden-Sydney

30 pts.

10. Emory & Henry

27 pts.

11. Randolph

15 pts.