INDIANAPOLIS — Washington and Lee University will have three people compete in the 2022 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s cross-country championships, as announced by the men’s and women’s athletics and cross-country committee Sunday afternoon.
three harriers, Kristen Clodgo (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson), Caroline Todd (Cumberland Foreside, Maine/Greely) and Karl Sharp (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania / Elizabethtown Area) will represent the Blue and Whites on Saturday, November 19 in Lansing, Michigan.
Todd and Scharf are back-to-back qualifiers, both having competed in the 2021 championships at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky a year ago.
To compete in the championships, teams and individuals had to qualify in their respective NCAA regional competitions, which were held yesterday.
Thirty-two teams were selected to compete in each championship. The top seven-person team from each of the 10 regions automatically qualified for a total of 10 teams. Twenty-two additional teams were selected at large.
Seventy people, the top seven student-athletes from each region who are not part of a qualifying team, were selected to compete in each championship.
Emory University and the University of Lynchburg will represent the South, Region VI, in both races.
The Hornets won the women’s crown and automatic qualification, and the Eagles received a general bid. On the men’s side, the opposite was true; Emory was on the podium with 46 points and Lynchburg was in second place, just a point behind, but a wide selection earned a team box at the championships.
Clodgo placed 17th at the regional meet with a 6k time of 24:13.8. She capitalized on Emory being given the wide selection and increased the list of individual finishers to reserve her place on the starting line next weekend.
Todd, a 2021 national qualifier, finished fourth after crossing the finish line in 22:56.3 at CNU on Saturday. Todd landed behind Annika Urban of No. 30 Emory, Pfeiffer’s Madison Lowery, and Lynchburg’s Sarah James.
Last year, Todd finished 148th out of 292 runners with a time of 22:44.90, a career best for the runner at the time. Last year was the best individual result for the women’s program since Samantha Yates’ 19 finished 132nd in 2016.
For the men, Scharf was the 15th runner in the history of the program yesterday with a time of 25:38.8 8 km. He qualified for the DIII championships with his 7th place. Scharf, who qualified during his undergraduate career at Dickinson College, is the first general to earn a trip to the men’s championship race since 2017.
Last year, Scharf crossed the finish line of the NCAA Championships in 25:01.4 for the Red Devils, a 135th place finish.
Olivet College and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority are hosting the championships November 19 at Forest Akers East Golf Course on the Michigan State University campus in Lansing, Michigan. The women’s race begins at 11:00 a.m. EST, followed by the men’s race at 12:00 p.m. EST.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference will be well represented during the 11am 6k. Bridgewater’s Emily Smeds and Shenandoah’s Erin Atkinson will be on the starting line as individuals Rockbridge County will have another familiar face in the box draws during the men’s race. Dylan May of Southern Virginia also qualified for the championship meet.
A live webstream of the championships will be held at www.NCAA.com beginning at 11:00 am Eastern time until the conclusion of the awards ceremony.