Young Royals Set To Exceed ODAC Pick

Isaac Alderfer was EMU's top finisher at the 2018 ODAC Championships. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Isaac Alderfer was EMU's top finisher at the 2018 ODAC Championships. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU cross country men were picked seventh in the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's coaches.

They received 68 points just behind Virginia Wesleyan who was selected sixth with 74 points. Reigning champion Washington and Lee was selected first with 119 points.

The Royals return sophomores Isaac Alderfer (Broadway, Va./Broadway) and Isaac Andreas (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) after strong finishes to their freshman season. Senior Collin Longenecker (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) and junior Justice Allen (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) will provide leadership in a youthful squad.

EMU opens the 2019 season at the Bridgewater XC Challenge on Friday, Aug. 30.

Click here to see the full men's release from the ODAC, which includes preview capsules for each of the conference's cross country programs.

For more information on ODAC cross country, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Washington and Lee University (9) - 119 pts.
2. University of Lynchburg (3) - 113 pts.
3. Roanoke College - 90 pts.
4. Bridgewater College - 87 pts.
5. Shenandoah University - 82 pts.
6. Virginia Wesleyan University - 74 pts.
7. Eastern Mennonite University - 68 pts.
8. Emory & Henry College - 42 pts.
9. Randolph College - 40 pts.
10. Guilford College - 30 pts.
11. Hampden-Sydney College - 29 pts.
12. Ferrum College - 18 pts.