VOLLEYBALL: High expectations for Flyers this fall
The men’s and women’s season begins Saturday at the Queen City Invitational 5K in West Chester.
The men’s team lost four seniors, including Hunter Johnson, who finished second overall at the A-10 championships. The team’s next three finishers at that meet — Chris Negri, Spencer Danielson and Tyler Adgalanis — return.
Negri broke his own school record (3:50.10) in the 1,500-meter race at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus in April, finishing sixth overall. He’ll likely be Dayton’s top runner, though Ordway said it’s hard to predict.
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“We’ve got a strong group of three or four and a really good supporting cast,” Ordway said. “It gives us depth all the way to the seventh or eighth man, which is a really good problem to have in my book. We just did an early-season workout, and they were all hanging tough right together. It’s going to be exciting to see what happens in our first race.”
The women’s team also returns a strong group. The Flyers finished second in the A-10 season. Taylor Vernot and Chloe Flora placed fourth and fifth overall, respectively. Grace McDonald placed 22nd. All three runners return.
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“A lot of upperclassmen on the women’s side have pulled through,” Ordway said, “and have solidified those top five to seven spots.”
The success of both programs is starting to pay off in recruiting. Ordway said more and more runners, “men and women are knocking on our door, reaching out to me, wanting to be a part of the program.”