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Harriers Host Championship

Aislynn Smith is a returning All-ODAC honoree.
Aislynn Smith is a returning All-ODAC honoree.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University cross country teams return to action this weekend by hosting the 2018 ODAC Championships Saturday at Kernstown Battlefield.

The championship is the second post-season race held at Kernstown in the past five years as the squad also hosted the 2015 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional on the Civil War battlefield.

The 6,000-meter women's race starts the day at 11 a.m. with the 8,000 meter men's championship scheduled for noon.

In addition to the men's and women's team champions, All-ODAC honors will be determined with the top 14 runners in each race earning All-ODAC accolades.

The Shenandoah women are one of three squads, along with Washington and Lee and Lynchburg, coming into the race regionally ranked. The Hornets were ninth in the last USTFCCCA regional rankings with Lynchburg second and W&L fourth.

Senior Aislynn Smith and freshman Rebecca Doran have led the Hornet women this season with Doran posting a personal best 23:55 at the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin college two weeks ago.

That time is the 12th best in the league this year over 6,000-meters.

Smith is a returning All-ODAC honoree that has the 17th best time in the league this year at the championship distance.

Kayla McGhee and Emily Miller are also in the mix with the 13th and 15th best times in the 6,000-meters.

"To finish in the top three in the league, you need outstanding depth," head coach Andy Marrocco said.

"I believe our women have a depth we haven't experienced since winning the USA South back in 2010. Aislynn, Becca, Kayla and Emily have been our top finishers all season and give us a solid base in which to have a great showing."

On the men's side, Justin Mehrer has the 21st best time over 8000 meters in the league this fall with Jamie Cornuaud posting the 32nd best time. Both of these times, 27:33.80 for Mehrer and 27:54.50 for Cornuaud, were posted at the Mike Woods Invitational at the end of September.

Additionally, Zachary Barton and Reed Davis have been strong for the men with Barton posting a 20:50.30 over 6,000-meters at Kernstown earlier this season and Davis a personal best 29:18 at the 8,000-meter Inter-Regional Rumble.

"Zach and Reed really have run solid all season and are rounding into form," Marrocco said. "I look for them to have great races Saturday.

"Justin has been a top performer his entire career at SU and knows this course like the back of his hand. Jamie is just a freshman but has been a pleasant surprise for us this fall."

Please note that there is a $10 per car charge to park at Kernstown Battlefield.