Davidson’s men’s and women’s cross country teams brought back trophies from the Atlantic 10 championship meet, Oct. 31 in Mechanicsburg, Va.
The Wildcats’ men’s team, buoyed by a trio of top-15 individual finishes, came in third in the team standings behind Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, Davidson’s women finished eighth out of 14 teams, but had one runner – freshman Caroline Yarbrough – finish third among individual runners.
“I’m extremely proud of the men and women today,” Davidson director of cross country and track and field Jen Straub said in a prepared release. “We had some great performances, and having four all-conference runners and a rookie of the year bode well for our future.”
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Davidson’s men finished with 103 team points, 26 points behind champion Saint Joseph’s (77) and just five back of UMass (98). The Wildcats edged La Salle for third place by three points (103-106).
Junior Will Brewster was Davidson’s top individual runner, coming in ninth overall. He completed the eight-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 54.2 seconds. George Mason’s Steven Flynn won the event in 24:21.1.
Senior Ryan Phillips finished 11th in 24:57.2, and senior Daniel Samet was 13th overall in 25:00.4. All three runners earned all-Atlantic 10 honors for their finishes.
Other Davidson finishers were junior Walker Mogen (32nd, 25:19.2), freshman Dylan Carmack (38th, 25:25.8), senior Aaron Forburger (57th, 25:49.3), and sophomore Ian Robertson (60th, 25:51.7).
“We ran great today,” Wildcats men’s coach Renny Waldron said in a prepared release. “The guys really put it together. It’s always nice to run our best when it matters most, and we certainly had our best race of the season.”
The Wildcats’ women finished with 179 points, far behind winner Richmond. The Spiders won their first A-10 title since 2010 by edging two-time and defending champion Duquesne by one point (87-88).
Yarbrough, from Greensboro, completed the five-kilometer course at Polo Green Park in 17:20.9 to earn both first-team all-conference honors and the Atlantic 10’s freshman of the year award.
La Salle sophomore Morgan Szekely won the women’s individual title in 17:09.4. UMass junior Heather MacLean edged Yarbrough for second by 0.2 seconds.
Other Davidson finishers were sophomore Allison Cheeseman (28th, 18:07.4), junior Hayden Bates (43rd, 18:29.1), sophomore Sarah Sears (52nd, 18:38.2), junior Caroline Turner (53rd, 18:32.4), senior Olivia Menden (65th, 18:49.0), and junior Ashlyn Gruber (75th, 18:53.7).
Both the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s teams move on to compete in the NCAA regional meet, scheduled for Nov. 13 in Charlottesville, Va.
Isaac named to district academic team
Davidson women’s soccer player Jenni Isaac was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s (CoSIDA) academic all-District III team.
Isaac, a senior midfielder-forward and one of the team’s co-captains, became the 13th player in Wildcats history to earn the CoSIDA district academic award, and the first since 2010.
Isaac had her best season with Davidson, scoring a goal – her first since the 2013 season -- and assisting on three others. Academically, she holds a 3.90 grade-point average, and was awarded the nationally-prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which Isaac is using for her studies in neuroscience.
Isaac has twice earned academic all-conference awards during her career at Davidson – with the Atlantic 10 her junior year, and in the Southern Conference as a sophomore.
Wildcats 1-2 at Terrapin meet
Davidson’s wrestling team opened its season by winning one out of three dual-team matches at the Terrapin Dual tournament, held Nov. 1 in College Park, Md.
The Wildcats’ lone dual-team match win came against West Liberty (Pa.), 25-9. They won seven out of 10 weight classes in taking the match.
Davidson also posted losses to host-team Maryland (40-3) and Buffalo (47-0).
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: email@example.com.