Jesse Baumann Head Coach
Jesse Baumann finished his third
season as the head women’s cross country coach at Lynchburg College. He joined the track and field coaching staff in the spring of 2006.
After guiding the Hornets to a third-place finish in the ODAC
Championship event his first two season, Baumann’s 2009 squad captured the ODAC Title, the first since 2003 campaign and the sixth overall en route to earning his first ODAC Coach of the Year honor. Additionally, he helped produce five All-ODAC performers during the 2009 season, just the second time in LC history that five runners have earned All-ODAC accolades. The team also finished fourth at the Regional meet in 2009, the second highest placement ever for the Hornets.
In just three years at the helm of the program, Jesse Baumann
has coached nine All-ODAC athletes, including the 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year and the 2009 ODAC Champion and Scholar Athlete of the Year. In addition, he has also helped guide seven athletes to AllSouth/Southeast Region honors, including a fifth place finisher during the 2009 season, and has sent three Hornets to the NCAA Championship meet.
Baumann comes to LC from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point (UWSP), where he was a four-year letter winner for the Pointers. Baumann was a six-time NCAA Division III national meet qualifier and a four-time All-American in the 800 meters, the 1500 meters and Distance Medley Relay. He also earned all-conference honors in both cross country and track, along with being voted both cross country and track team captain, and track team MVP. He graduated from UWSP in the spring 2004, with a degree in watershed management. Baumann will assist mainly with the LC distance runners. Baumann is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.
Team History The Lynchburg College women’s cross country has consistently proven to be a major threat to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship year in and year out. In 19 ODAC Championship races the Hornets have competed in, Lynchburg has placed in the top two 12 times and has won the meet on six occasions. The makeup of these good teams has been no doubt composed of some very good athletes. Lynchburg College has produced 42 First-Team All-ODAC runners, Two-Time All-Region the second most first-team runners of any Hannah Howe school in the conference. Lisa Santasiero and Catharine Booth helped propel the Hornets to a victory in the first ODAC Championship event in 1986 by going second and fourth. Santasiero repeated on the first team in 1987 coming in third and Booth placed third in fourth in 1987 and 1988 respectively to become the first runner to make the first-team for three straight years. The 1989 season saw the emergence of Karla Navis on to the ODAC cross country scene. That year she placed sixth at the meet and then in 1990 she won the school’s first women’s cross country ODAC Title as she was crowned the ODAC Champion as she won the
event by 55 seconds, the third largest margin of victory in ODAC Championship history. She would follow up her amazing 1990 performance by taking fifth at the Regional meet and placing sixth in 1991 ODAC meet to become a three-time FirstTeam All-ODACer. Hannah Howe burst into First-Team All-ODAC territory in 1993 by placing sixth and then in 1994 she improved by three spots to take a third place finish at the meet. The 1995 meet saw LC go on a streak 1995 All-ODAC Sharon that would give the Hornets the ODAC McNally Championship in three of four seasons. Lynchburg won the title in 1995 on the backs of Sharon McNally, Renee Leach, and Chanda Merrill and Hannah Howe would take fourth in the Regional event, the highest finish in the Regional meet for a Hornet at the time. The 1996 squad recorded a runner-up finish, but Leach repeated as a first-team performer and Missy Beaver had an outstanding year to place fifth at the meet. The Hornets regained the ODAC Championship in 1997 as Missy Beaver won the first of two ODAC Titles and was named the ODAC Runner of the Year. Leach also closed out her career during that season with another first-team All-ODAC run. Beaver then went on to record the highest placement ever for a Hornet at a Regional
Championship event by nabbing third place. The 1998 season saw the Hornets win the ODAC Championship in run away fashion, posting a 51-point margin of victory. Lynchburg’s top five runners placed in the top six as the Hornets took the two top spots and four through six. Missy Beaver narrowly won the event and was named the ODAC Runner of the Year again. The 98 season also saw the Hornets post their best regional meet ever as the Hornets finished second to automatically qualify as a team for the NCAA National Championship meet. The 2003 rendition of the cross country Three-Time All-ODAC Renee Leach team returned Championship glory back to Lynchburg, VA, as the Hornets smashed the field, winning by 47 points. Four Lynchburg athletes placed in the top five as LC went 1-2-3 to take the crown. Kelly Archibald took home the individual title with a time of 26:18 and was named the ODAC Runner of the Year. Crystal Bergen and Amanda Diver placed second and third and Coral McCree was fifth. In 2007, current head coach Jesse Baumann took over the cross country program. Freshman Jennie Pernisi stormed onto the scene to finish fourth, just less than one second behind third place, and was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Fellow newcomer Ashley Meyer was also named to the Second-Team All-ODAC squad. The 2008 Hornets showed a tremendous amount of improvement to take third and was just two points shy of the runner up. Meyer and Pernisi led the pack for Lynchburg again by finishing fifth to earn First-Team All-ODAC honors and Meyer placed third to garner firstteam All-ODAC honors. Lynchburg College retook control of the ODAC this past season, winning the ODAC Championship by 12 points. Pernisi continued her strong performances in the ODAC Championship meet by winning the 2009 event by 17 seconds. Meyer took home a third place finish and Molly Galloway crossed the finish line in sixth as both runners earned first-team All-ODAC honors. Additionally, Aubrey Berry and Kiley Trennepohl both grabbed secondteam honors for the Hornets. The Hornets also had a stellar performance at the regional meet as well. Lynchburg would place fourth in the South/ Southeast region, the second highest finish ever and the highest since finishing second during the 1998 season. Pernisi led the way as she finished fifth, but Ashley Meyer and Molly Galloway also earned All-Region honors by taking 13th and 21st. 2009 ODAC Champion Jennie Pernisi
Honors and Awards All-Region 1988 - Jane Zadlo, 12th 1990 - Karla Navis, 5th 1993 - Hannah Howe, 12th 1995 - Hannah Howe, 4th 1997 - Melissa Beaver, 3rd 1998 - Agnes Lyko, 4th 1998 - Melissa Beaver, 9th 1998 - Jennifer Stieg, 10th 1999 - Jennifer Stieg, 5th 2007 - Jennie Pernisi, 12th; Ashley Meyer, 15th 2008 - Ashley Meyer, 21st; Jennie Pernisi, 23rd 2009 - Jennie Pernisi, 5th; Ashley Meyer, 13th; Molly Galloway, 21st
Records All-time 6K Times Jennie Pernisi Ashley Meyer Crystal Bergen Lindsay Fender Megan Donnelly Aubrey Berry Kiley Trennepohl Lynn Agee Kelly Archibald Coral McCree
Three-Time All-Region Ashley Meyer
All-ODAC 1986 - Lisa Santasiero, Catharine Booth, April Fry, Katherine von Wiedeback 1987 - Lisa Santasiero, Cathy Booth 1988 - Jane Zadlo, Cathy Booth, Sheila Sullivan 1989 - Karla Navis 1990 - Karla Navis&^ 1991 - Beth Witek, Karla Navis 1993 - Hannah Howe 1994 - Hannah Howe 1995 - Sharon McNally, Renee Leach, Chanda Merrill 1996 - Missy Beaver, Renee Leach 1997 - Missy Beaver&^, Renee Leach 1998 - Missy Beaver&^, A. Lyko, Jennifer Steig, L, Boyd, C. Eagan 1999 - Jennifer Steig, Emily Brown 2000 - Emily Brown 2001 - Coral McCree 2003 - Kelly Archibald&^, Crystal Bergen, Amanda Diver, Coral McCree 2004 - Kelly Archibald 2006 - Ashley Armistead 2007 - Jennie Pernisi%, Ashley Meyer 2008 - Jennie Pernisi, Ashley Meyer, Megan Donnelly 2009 - Jennie Pernisi&^, Ashley Meyer, Molly Galloway, Aubrey Berry, Kiley Trennepohl
2009 All-ODAC Kiley Trennepohl
& - ODAC Champion ^ - ODAC Runner of the Year % - Rookie of the Year
2009 All-ODAC Molly Galloway
Runner Biographies Ashley Meyer
22:45 23:07 23:43 24:11 24:13 24:16 24:37 24:41 24:46 24:51
2009 at Bethlehem, PA 2009 at Bethlehem, PA 2004 at Bethlehem, PA 2008 at Bethlehem, PA 2008 at Bethlehem, PA 2009 at Bethlehem, PA 2009 at Bethlehem, PA 2002 at Fredericksburg, VA 2004 at Bethlehem, PA 2003 at Atlanta, GA
All-time Top 10 5K Melissa Beaver 18:11 Agnes Lyko 18:42 Jennifer Stieg 18:48 Sue Roelofs 18:58 Hannah Howe 18:59 Denise Tauriello 19:04 Renee Leach 19:18 Beth Witek 19:25 Jennie Pernisi 19:20 Ashley Meyer 19:33 Coral McCree 19:33
1998 at Gettysburg, PA 1998 at Gettysburg, PA 1998 at Gettysburg, PA 1982 at Washington, D.C. 1995 at LaCrosse, WI 1982 at Washington, D.C. 1998 at Gettysburg, PA 1991 at Newport News, VA 2009 at Boone, NC 2007 at Greensboro, NC 2001 at Charleston, SC
NCAA South/Southeast Regional Finishes 1988 - 5th 1990 - 9th 1993 - 7th 1995 - 5th 1996 - 10th 1997 - 5th 1998 - 2nd 1999 - 5th 2000 - 5th 2001 - 14th 2002 - 14th 2003 - 7th 2004 - 14th 2005 - 13th 2007 - 12th 2008 - 8th 2009 - 4th ODAC Championship Finishes 1986 - 1st 1987 - 2nd 1988 - 2nd 1993 - 3rd 1995 - 1st 1996 - 2nd 1997 - 1st 1998 - 1st 1999 - 2nd 2000 - 2nd 2001 - 2nd 2002 - 4th 2003 - 1st 2004 - 3rd 2005 - 3rd 2006 - 4th 2007 - 3rd 2008 - 3rd 2009 - 1st
2009 NCAA Championship Qualifier 2007-2009 All-South/Southeast Region 2007-2009 All-ODAC 2009 ODAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Owns the second-fastest 6K time in LC history at 23:07 and also the 10th fastest 5K time at 19:33 ... Fastest career time was recorded at the 2008 ODAC Championship as she trekked the course in 22:12 en route to First-Team All-ODAC honors ... a three-time All-Region and All-ODAC runner, Meyer was voted as the Team MVP in 2008 and was tabbed as the captain for the Hornets in 2009 ... Also a fine individual in the classroom, Meyer holds a 3.952 grade-point average as a biomedical science major.
Lynchburg College Womenâ€™s Cross Country
Jennie Pernisi Junior
2007, 2009 NCAA Championship Qualifier 2007-2009 All-South/Southeast Region 2007-2009 All-ODAC 2009 ODAC Champion 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year Set a new school record in 2009 in the 6K by completing the Paul Short Invitational in 22:45 ... Also sits ninth all-time in the 5K with a time of 19:20 ... Won the ODAC Championship this fall by an enormous 17 seconds ... Additionally, Jennie placed fifth at the AllRegion meet, the third highest finish ever for an LC womenâ€™s cross country athlete ... Made an immediate impact her freshman year by placing fourth at the ODAC Championship meet.
Molly Galloway Sophomore
2009 All-Region 2009 All-ODAC
2009 All-ODAC Aubrey Berry
Placed fifth at the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational ... also came in sixth at the ODAC Championship meet in 25:04 to earn All-ODAC honors ... Garnered AllRegion accolades by earning 22nd place at the Regional meet with a time of 24:51 ... finished 15th at the Blue Marlin Invitational and 13th at the Madison-Kiwanis Invite last season... Recorded five top-25 finishes her freshman season in 2007 ... ran a top 6K time of 24:59 and a top 5K time of 20:19 her first year.
2009 ODAC Champion and All-Region Performer Jennie Pernisi Helped Carry LC to the ODAC Title