Men's Cross-Country Team
Wins Second TAAC Title; Kolb Named All-TAAC Freshman After Nine-Goal
The Samford men's cross-country team won its second consecutive
Trans America Athletic Conference title, and the women's team
finished second at the conference championships in Buies Creek,
N.C., Oct. 28.
Five men's team Bulldogs finished in the top 10, led by Brett
Baddorf in fourth place. Other top 10 finishers were Andrew Spear,
sixth; Chad Johnson, eighth; Chad James, ninth; and Mark McBride
Samford won the men's title with 37 points. Georgia State was
second at 68, followed by seven of the other eight TAAC members.
Lauren Floyd finished sixth to pace the women's team, which placed
five runners in the top 20.
The women's team scored 64 points, trailing only Georgia State
(51). All 10 TAAC schools competed in the women's championship.
Glenn McWaters is head coach and Sarah Fletcher assistant coach
of both teams.
Freshman Hayley Kolb, who scored a school-record nine goals for
the season, was named to the TAAC All-Freshmen Team. Kolb added
two assists to account for 20 points as Samford posted an 8-8-1
Senior Mitzi Mahan scored six goals and added five assists for
17 points. She finished her four years as Samford's career leader
in points (66), goals (23) and assists (20).
Junior goalie Carrie Ollom allowed only 27 goals in 248 shots
for the season, a game average of 1.54 goals. She is Samford's
career leader with 270 saves in 81 games.
Barry Spitzer coaches the soccer team.
The best thing about the Bulldogs may have been the ground game.
Coach Pete Hurt's team averaged 202.6 yards an outing to finish
18th in the nation in rushing.
The 'Dogs got off to a 3-2 start,
but a rash of injuries-particularly at quarterback and defensive
back-contributed to an inconsistent run from midseason on. Still,
the 'Dogs rallied to defeat Charleston Southern at Homecoming
before finishing 4-7.
Fullback Kadell Wright and running back Rashad Brewer, both seniors,
led the ground game. Wright gained 517 yards and scored six times,
finishing his career with 29 touchdowns (second all-time) and
174 points (fourth). Brewer gained 507 yards and finished with
a career total of 2,494 (second all-time).
Linebackers Lewis Cole and Clay Romano were the leading tacklers.
Junior Whitney Miller was named to the All-TAAC First team after
compiling 399 kills, the fourth highest total in school history.
She averaged 3.69 kills per game and became the first Samford
player with 30 kills in a match against Campbell Oct. 14. Miller
recorded 20 or more kills six times and 15 or more 13 times.
Junior Shellie Ouldhouse averaged 3.45 kills per game.
The Bulldogs recorded their first shutout since 1997 when they
blanked Belmont, 15-0, during a 3-0 sweep in the season's final
match. Coach Vickie Nichols' team finished with a 14-16 record.