Wildcats' women's indoor track team has solid showing in opening meet
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Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Wildcats' women's indoor track team has solid showing in opening meet

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    Source: www.davidsonwildcats.com

Davidson’s women’s track and field team kicked off its indoor season with a solid showing on Dec. 7 at the JDL Fast Track Invitational in Winston-Salem, with two school records and an event win.

However, with finals and then the holiday break, the Wildcats had been off for the past four weeks before returning to action Jan. 17-18 in Johnson City, Tenn., where they competed in East Tennessee State’s Niwsonger Invitational.

The Lady Wildcats will compete again at the High Point Team Challenge on Feb. 6 and the UCS Invitational on Feb. 14-15 before closing out the season at the Southern Conference Championships in March.

With the exception of the Niwsonger Invitational, all of the meets for the Wildcats will take place at Winston-Salem’s JDL Fast Track.

“Truthfully, we’re going to be trying to continue to try to improve on our school records for the indoor season and to work on our personal development,” said long-time Davidson track and field coach Jen Straub. “We’re hoping to qualify for the finals for the fast heats of the SoCon.”

This year’s captains are Sarah Paddon, Manya Swick, Maggie Rickard and Erin Osment.

Paddon, a junior who had a decent cross-country season, showed marked improvement in the 3,000-meter run in the JDL Fast Track Invitational, where she placed fifth overall with a time of 10 minutes, 19.06 seconds.

Paddon was closely followed by fellow captain Osment, who took fifth in the event at 10:20.72.

The finishes qualified both for the fast-track heat at the SoCon Championships.

“I was not surprised that Sarah ran that well,” Straub said. “But, on paper, that strong of a finish wasn’t supposed to happen. It just shows how much work she’s put in.”

Overall, the 3,000-meter run was a successful event for the Wildcats, who had five runners place in the top 10 in the December event.

Freshman Jenny Fritz came in seventh at 10:30.19, with fellow freshman Hayden Bates taking eighth at 10:39.87 and junior Ali Cobb ninth at 10:40.92.

Straub said that she expects big things from Fritz, who was the team’s No. 2 runner this past cross country season.

“She had a very solid start,” said the Wildcats coach. “I’m hoping that she continues to emerge throughout the indoor season and can qualify for the fast heat in the 5k which is one of her goals.”

Not to be overshadowed, the Davidson middle-distance runners performed well in December, with sophomore Ashlyn Gruber setting a new Wildcats mark in the 1,000-meter run, where she placed fifth overall with a time of 3:05.84.

Freshman Morgan McGrath also ran the event and placed ninth at 3:15.68.

Some other highlights from the JDL Invitational included a record-setting height by junior Molly Marshall, who broke a record she already owned in the pole vault, clearing 3.05 meters; and freshman Hannah Rieden taking first in the 1-mile run at 5:11.17.

Rieden’s time was more than nine seconds faster than any other runner.

Sophomore Kate Kostecky just missed another Wildcats record when she placed 15th in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:21.78 – 0.3 seconds off the school’s mark.

“I just think it was such an even performance overall from everyone,” Straub said. “We’re a little more balanced than we have been in the past this season. I think that personal improvement is going to be seen across the board and that we’ll be knocking on the door of a few school records this season.”

Women’s volleyball

Davidson’s women’s volleyball team added another member to its first Atlantic 10 Conference recruiting class on Jan. 9, when Kylie Bishopp signed her letter of intent.

A native of Tumwater, Wash., Bishopp – who will likely see time at middle hitter – earned offensive player of the year honors while leading her high school to a sixth-place finish in the 2A Division.

Bishopp racked up 276 kills her senior year (3.9 per set), while also recording 230 digs.

She joins a list of new recruits that includes Grace Schlicht, Kat Romanelli, Cornelius resident Sarah Fink and Kelly Friers.

Seth Lakso is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Seth? Email him at sethlakso@gmail.com.

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