First-Year Athletes to Watch: Spring Edition

Drew Eastland ’21, Sports Editor

Andrew Erler ’22 & Ben Cutner ’22, Sports Staff Writers

Men’s Track and Field: Paul Mullinax 

Paul Mullinax joins the Wildcats’ track and field team as a shotput and discus thrower from Athens, Georgia. He has been throwing since seventh grade. At Athens Academy, he was a Georgia State Champion. Mullinax selected Davidson for its welcoming atmosphere and strong track and field program which will pit him against some of the best athletes in the country. This season, he hopes to constantly improve throughout the year, and he wants to help bring the team an Atlantic 10 championship. His ambitions don’t stop there; he believes the team, with an influx of talented first-years coupled with experienced upperclassmen, can reach the NCAA Regionals.

Women’s Track and Field: Anna Davis

This year, Davidson Women’s Track and Field adds Anna Davis, a Georgia State Champ for both the 100m and 300m hurdles. Davis went to Tallulah Falls School where she was the school’s first state champion. Davis has been running track for seven years and loves how it is an individual sport through which she can still become close with her teammates. This season, Davis hopes to be competitive at the A-10 championship meet and wants to bond with her team.

Lacrosse: Hayden Callahan

Hayden Callahan won three lacrosse state championships and four cross country state championships in high school, and she looks to continue winning at Davidson. She has been nominated for a variety of on and off the field awards, and was a 2018 All-American athlete. “I would [like] to get consistent playing time…that is my highest goal,” Callahan commented. “Usually defenders are much bigger than me, but [I] compensate that with my speed and communication.”

Women’s Tennis: Elizabeth Truluck

Since age seven, Elizabeth Truluck has dominated on the tennis court. College tennis has always been a goal for her, and her coaches encouraged her on that path. Truluck’s main objectives for her first season are to feature in both singles and doubles matches. She hopes to play almost all matches by senior year. “People are focusing more on playing [in college],” Truluck said. “[I’m] becoming more of a team player and getting a good feel of what it is like to be on a team because I haven’t really [in high school].”

Golf: Viraj Garewal

Ranked second in North Carolina and 37th nationally in high school, Viraj Garewal comes to Davidson as one of the top junior golfers in the country. Viraj has a long list of top 5 finishes in AJGA tournaments, including a win in the 2016 Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior and qualified twice for the USGA Junior Championship. Viraj espoused a “do your job” mentality, and spoke highly of the team’s chemistry and the leadership of Coach Tim Straub.

Baseball: Trevor Candelaria

Trevor Candelaria played high school baseball for Montverde Academy in Florida. During Candelaria’s senior year, Montverde was ranked second in the nation and finished with a 25-0 record. Candelaria has excellent bat speed and makes consistent hard contact at the plate. In the outfield, he can throw in the low 90s. Candelaria has a chance to make a big impact as a first-year and to contribute to future postseason appearances.

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