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Wildcats’ men win Richmond Invitational meet

Led by senior Ryan Phillips, the Davidson Wildcats won the Richmond, Va., Invitational on Sept. 5.
Led by senior Ryan Phillips, the Davidson Wildcats won the Richmond, Va., Invitational on Sept. 5. DAVIDSON COLLEGE

The men’s cross country team at Davidson University turned in a dominating performance in its first meet of the season, winning at the Richmond, Va., Invitational on Sept. 5.

Led by senior Ryan Phillips, the Wildcats put six runners in the top 10 and nine among the top 20 individuals to finish the four-team meet with 20 points, 34 less than host-team Richmond (54).

“The team ran really well … it was a very solid opening meet,” Davidson coach Renny Waldron said in a prepared release. “Overall, we are where we need to be at this time of the year.”

Phillips took medalist honors for the first time in his career, winning the meet in 15 minutes, 5.9 seconds. He finished 5.9 seconds ahead of runner-up Tim Gruber of Richmond (15:11.8).

“Ryan Phillips ran with a lot of poise and timed his move really well,” Waldron said. “It was great to see him get the win.”

Freshman Will Brewster finished third in 15:24.3, followed by Wildcats teammates Daniel Samet, a senior (15:48.3) and sophomore Ian Robertson (15:56.3).

Other Davidson runners competing in the Richmond Invitational were sophomore Ramsay Ritchie (seventh, 15:58.7), freshman Dylan Carmack (11th, 16:10.9), junior Alex Herron (14th, 16:15.6), junior John Mogen (16:17.1), sophomore Michael Schroeder (18th, 16:22.5), senior Aaron Forburger (23rd, 16:38.6), freshman Will Jones (25th, 16:42.7), sophomore Francis Corson (28th, 17:03.1), and senior Patrick Rollo (32nd, 17:39.2).

Wildcats’ women place 2nd

Davidson’s women’s cross country team backed up a strong performance by the men’s team with a second-place finish at the Richmond Invitational.

The Wildcats put three runners in the top 10, and finished with 39 points, 18 more than host school and meet winner Richmond (21 points).

Freshman Caroline Yarbrough was Davidson’s top finisher, coming in second behind Richmond’s Courtney Thompson. Yarbrough, a native of Greensboro, finished the meet in 11:16.4, 6.7 seconds behind Thompson.

Teammate Allison Cheeseman, a sophomore, was close behind, coming in fifth in 11:23.6. Sophomore Sierra Ponthier was 10th in 11:41.7.

Other Davidson finishers were sophomore Sarah Sears (11th, 11:43.7), junior Hayden Bates (15th, 11:52.2), sophomore Ashlyn Gruber (20th, 11:55.5), senior Brigid Behrens (26th, 12:03.8), junior Hannah Rieden (27th, 12:05.2), sophomore Grace Falken (28th, 12:06.0), junior Caroline Turner (32nd, 12:10.9), sophomore Helen Webster (33rd, 12:11.8), sophomore Hannah Moerk (34th, 12:17.5), freshman Sophia Mills (37th, 12:25.2), senior Rachel McKay (38th, 12:27.8), freshman Abby Fry (42nd, 12:31.3), sophomore Anna Buser (44th, 12:42.7), sophomore Laurel Sheffield (46th, 12:56.2), and freshman Laney O’Shea (50th, 13:25.3).

Swimmers’ schedule

Davidson’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have scheduled eight regular-season meets for the 2015-2016 season, team officials recently announced.

The Wildcats will begin their second season in the Atlantic 10 on Oct. 2-3 at the N.C. Collegiate Kick-Off meet in Greensboro, then travel to Richmond, Va., on Oct. 16-17 for a four-team meet against A-10 foes Richmond, Duquesne and George Mason.

Before taking a month off for training, Davidson will host a pair of meets at the Cannon Natatorium. On Oct. 24, the Wildcats will host Georgetown, then Old Dominion and Marshall visit for a two-day meet Oct. 30-31.

Davidson resumes its schedule Dec. 3-5 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. After another month off for training and the holidays, the Wildcats travel to Williamsburg, Va., for a meet against William and Mary on Jan. 16.

Davidson wraps up its regular season schedule with two meets in eight days – a two-day home meet Jan. 22-23 against Gardner-Webb, Liberty and Georgia Southern, and a meet in Wilmington on Jan. 30 against UNC Wilmington.

The Wildcats will then travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the Atlantic 10 Championships on Feb. 17-20. The NCAA Division I Championships will be held March 17-19 in Atlanta.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

Upcoming

Sept. 18

Field hockey: vs. LaSalle, Belk Turf Field, 5:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer: at Wofford, Spartanburg, S.C., 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer: at California, Berkeley, Calif., 7:30 p.m.

Volleyball: vs. Murray State, Rock Hill, S.C., 8 p.m.

Sept. 19

Men’s cross country: at Commodore Classic, Nashville, Tenn.

Women’s cross country: at Commodore Classic, Nashville, Tenn.

Volleyball: vs. West Virginia, Rock Hill, S.C., 10 a.m.; vs. Winthrop, Rock Hill, S.C., 7 p.m.

Sept. 20

Women’s soccer: at Georgia State, Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Field hockey: vs. Longwood, Belk Turf Field, 1 p.m.

Men’s soccer: at Stanford, Stanford, Calif., 3 p.m.

Sept. 25

Men’s cross country: at Charlotte Invitational, McAlpine Park, Charlotte.

Women’s cross country: at Charlotte Invitational, McAlpine Park, Charlotte.

Men’s soccer: vs. USC Upstate, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.

Volleyball: at Fordham, New York, 7 p.m.

Field hockey: at Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, Va., 7 p.m.

Sept. 26

Men’s tennis: at Davidson Invitational, Davidson Tennis Courts.

Football: at Morehead State, Morehead, Ky., 1 p.m.

Women’s soccer: vs. Francis Marion, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27

Men’s tennis: at Davidson Invitational, Davidson Tennis Courts.

Field hockey: at William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., 1 p.m.

Volleyball: at Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I., 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 28

Men’s golf: at Primland Collegiate, Meadows of Dan, Va.

Sept. 29

Men’s golf: at Primland Collegiate, Meadows of Dan, Va.

Men’s soccer: vs. Duke, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.

Source: www.davidsonwildcats.com

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