On Campus: Eisenman helps Tribe to cross country title

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Leanna Eisenman (Warren County ’12) is part of a Colonial Athletic Association championship team.

The William and Mary junior cross country runner helped the Tribe win the CAA women’s cross country title on Nov. 1 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Tribe won the meet with 35 points, followed by Elon with 46 and James Madison with 84. Eisenman finished 17th in a time of 22:11:22. The Tribe had four runners in the top 12, to make all-conference honors.

It was the third consecutive CAA title for the Tribe. It was the 20th conference title all-time for the Tribe. William and Mary is the fourth program in Division I history to win 20 or more conference titles, joining Eastern Kentucky (26), BYU (24) and N.C. State (21).

On Oct. 18, Eisenman placed second overall in the Christopher Newport University Cross Country Invitational held at CNU. It was the best finish of her college career, she had a time of 22:31.6, just two seconds behind VCU’s Emily Dyke.

The Tribe won the four-team meet with 21 points, followed by VCU with 39.

The Tribe will race on Nov. 14 in the Southeast Region Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

CONFERENCE CHAMP: Crystal Nelson (Millbrook ’12) won the individual Big 12 women’s cross country title on Nov. 1.

Nelson, currently ranked No. 3 in the country, beat teammate Katy Moen by 10 seconds for the championship. Nelson finished in a time of 19:49 to become only the second Cyclone individual in history to win the title. Baylor’s Rachel Johnson, who is ranked No. 2 in the country, was among those that Nelson beat for the title. Nelson and Moen are considered by some to be the nation’s top 1-2 punch.

The Cyclones won their fourth straight conference title easily. The Cyclones finished with 29 points, while West Virginia University was second with 58.

Nelson will look to lead the Cyclones to their fifth straight Midwest Regional title on Nov. 14 in Peoria, Illinois. Nelson won the individual Midwest Regional title last year. The Cyclones are currently ranked No. 6 in the country in the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Poll.

Nelson has had seven top-10 finishes in her last eight races, and also won the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 17 in Madison, Wisconsin. Nelson won the prestigious race in 19:35. She was the first Cyclone to win the event in school history.

EAGLES SOARING: Bridgewater College pulled off a big Old Dominion Athletic Conference football upset on Nov. 1. The Eagles knocked off conference favorites Hampden-Sydney College, 34-9.

Local athletes played a big role in the win as Jordan Hartman (Millbrook ’11) returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to start the second half and put the Eagles up 21-6. Chandler DeHaven (James Wood ’12) made four extra points in the win.

The Eagles are now 6-2, including 3-2 in the ODAC. They play at Randolph-Macon on Saturday. For the season, Hartman has 23 kick returns for 617 yards, a 26.8 average and one touchdown. He also has 18 punt returns for 335 yards, an 18.6 yard-per-return average. Hartman leads the team in all-purpose yards with 119.9 yards per game.

Cliff Woodard (Skyline ’10) did not play against the Tigers, but has 382 yards on 21 receptions and seven touchdowns as a wide receiver for the Eagles. Jayme Perry (Skyline ’11) has 14 catches for 195 yards this season with three touchdowns.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com