Davidson’s cross country teams wrapped up their 2014 season with a pair of top-20 team finishes at the NCAA Southeast Regional championship meet held Nov. 14 in Louisville, Ky.
The Wildcats women finished 15th out of 38 schools in the team standings, while Davidson’s men finished 18th out of 33 teams.
“This was a great day for Davidson cross country,” Wildcats director of cross country and track Jen Straub said in a prepared release. “I’m really proud of how both our men and women competed.”
Seniors Erin Osment and Sarah Paddon led the Wildcats women. Osment was Davidson’s top individual runner, turning in a personal-best time of 21 minutes, 10.4 seconds over the 6-kilometer course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park to finish 37th out of 257 runners.
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Paddon was second-best, crossing the line in 21:40.4 to finish 66th overall.
Other finishers for the Wildcats’ women were junior Olivia Menden (96th, 22:13.6), sophomore Hayden Bates (136th, 22:42.4), freshman Sarah Sears (139th, 22:46.7), senior Grace Watt (141st, 22:51.4), and freshman Allison Cheeseman (23:37.9).
North Carolina junior Annie LeHardy won the regional title in 20:13.4, just 1.4 seconds ahead of William & Mary junior Carolyn Hennessey. William & Mary won the women’s team title, edging Virginia by eight points (74-82).
In the men’s division, senior Whitner Chase was Davidson’s top finisher, completing the 10-kilometer race in 31:57.1, good for 82nd. Teammate Daniel Samet, a junior, was right on his heels, finishing 83rd in 31:58.7.
Other finishers for the Wildcats’ men were sophomore Walker Mogen (114th, 32:30.7), junior Ryan Phillips (115th, 32:30.9), senior Sal Del Giudice (136th, 32:54.8), junior Henry Falotico (163rd, 33:33.8), and junior Aaron Forburger (185th, 34:03.5).
Elon senior Luis Vargas won the regional’s individual title in 30:05.8, 8.1 seconds ahead of Louisville sophomore Edwin Kibichiy. Virginia took team honors, edging Furman by just four points (75-79).
Pacifici academic all-district
Davidson goalkeeper Matt Pacifici was named to Capital One’s academic all-district team, putting the junior in line for academic All-American honors.
The Charlotte Catholic graduate and Wake Forest transfer had a 3.469 grade-point average while carrying a double major in economics and Spanish.
Pacifici had a 10-2-5 record in goal for the Wildcats this season, with seven shutouts, 63 saves and 12 goals allowed in 18 games. That put him second in the Atlantic 10 in save percentage (82.9 percent) and goals-against average (0.70 per game).
Golfers wrap up fall season
Davidson’s men’s golf team wrapped up its fall tournament schedule with an 11th-place finish at the Camden Collegiate Invitational, held Oct. 18-19 in Camden, S.C.
The Wildcats finished the three-round tournament at 45-over-par 885 at the Camden Country Club, just three shots behind Gardner-Webb and USC Upstate.
Host South Carolina won the 15-team tournament with its 7-over 847 edging Wofford by one stroke.
Senior Todd Eckstein led Davidson with a 54-hole total of 4-over 214, good for a tie for 10th place with Charleston Southern teammates Jarrett Swan and Austin James.
Wofford’s Brannon Hudson took the individual title with a 9-under 201, six strokes ahead of teammate Jeremy Grab and USC Upstate’s Ryan Cornfield.
Others scoring for the Wildcats were sophomore Andy Simmons (tied for 32nd, 12-under 222), junior David Sargent (tied for 47th, 14-over 224), senior Ralph Blasey (tied for 51st, 15-over 225), junior Alex Nianouris (74th, 25-over 235), and freshman Spencer Papciak, competing as an individual (tied for 70th, 22-over 232).
Wrestling picked 6th
Davidson’s wrestling team was picked to finish sixth out of eight teams in a preseason vote among the Southern Conference’s coaches.
The Wildcats had 17 total points in the poll, just ahead of VMI (13 points) and Campbell (12 points).
Chattanooga, which has won nine of the past 10 SoCon tournaments, was the preseason favorite to win the conference title. The Mocs had seven first-place votes and 49 total points, ahead of The Citadel (40 points) and Appalachian State (one first-place vote, 38 points).
Rounding out the voting was Gardner-Webb (28 points) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (23 points).
Patrick earns honors
Davidson wrestler Scott Patrick has been named to the Southern Conference’s preseason all-conference team for the second straight year.
Patrick, the defending conference champion at 184 pounds, finished the 2013-2014 season with a 21-5 overall record and 15-5 in SoCon matches.
Patrick, a senior from Ellicott City, Md., also qualified for the NCAA national championships. He went 0-2 in the tournament, losing to eighth-seeded T.J. Dudley of Nebraska and Michigan’s Dominic Abounader.