Buena Vista, VA (November 7, 2003) – Five of Southern Virginia University’s fall sports teams recently competed in their respective national championships with the Women’s Cross-Country team winning the national title for the second year in a row. The national tournaments, sponsored by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), were held in Tyler, Texas and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Freshman Kim Anderson (UT) headed the Women’s Cross-Country victory with a first-place finish and was backed by a fifth-place run by Jeannie Harmon (UT). Both Anderson and Harmon finished the tournament as All-Americans. The Men’s Cross-Country team finished third with Andrew Couey (NC) finishing 12th and Adam Higham (CA) finishing 15th. The SVU runners, coached by Paul Wright, competed against eleven other teams. Coach Wright stated, “I am proud of our athletes and the way they both competed and represented the University, their families, and themselves during this championship tournament. They are all champions to me.”
The Women’s Volleyball team, whose regular season record was 17-13, traveled to Indiana and finished second in their national tournament after a strong season under coach Mike Harmon. Two players were recognized as All-Americans for the tournament: Tania Moe (WI) and Angie Zimmerman (UT), while Noelle Lyman (UT) and Leslie Lyman (UT) received honorable mention.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer also competed nationally after finishing strong regular seasons in October. The women’s team finished in second place after a successful season under new head coach John Butler. Tiffany Parks (VA) was recognized as an All-American for her performance during the championship tournament. The men’s team, also coached by Wright, finished third with team captains Burke Soffe (VT) and Micah Valentine (UT), and players Greg McClain (CA) and Crismon Turner (UT) all being recognized as All-Americans for the tournament. Ammon Piatt (NC) received honorable mention.
SVU Athletic Director, Don Chamberlain, said he is pleased with all of the teams’ performances not only in the tournaments, but throughout this fall season as well. “It is impressive how well they consistently place in these national tournaments,” he said, “especially considering that each year the USCAA national championships become increasingly competitive.”
This year’s national title by the Women’s Cross-Country team marks the 16th small college national championship for SVU athletic teams since 1996.