Track & Field A-10 Championship Preview

Iain Anderson-

Following a grueling one-hundred and three day indoor track campaign, the women’s and men’s track and field teams are ready to display their talents in Kingston, RI for the 2018 A-10 Championships.

The men’s track and field team – who were 5th place at last year’s championship – have a new look compared to last year. Distance-stars Will Brewster ‘17 and Walker Mogan ‘17 have since graduated, opening the door for a new first-year class to take their place as consistent scorers for the team. According to the track team’s previous three meets, the freshmen have responded. Three first-years in particular, namely Daniel Alvarez-Orchlica, Miles Hollimon, and Nick Peeples, have each been awarded A-10 Rookie Performer of the Week. Hollimon and Peeples also recorded new school records in the 60m and 200m dashes, respectively.

Although the youth movement has been the story of the season, the ‘Cats will still have a strong field of experienced runners competing at the conference meet. Hurdler Sean Caveney ‘19 (60mh), thrower Brady Logan ‘19 (shot put and weigh throw), sprinter George Williams  ‘20 (400m), and distance runner Dylan Carmack ‘19 (5000m) will each threaten for top honors in their respected events. The Davidson relay teams, especially the school-record holding 4×400 relay teams, will also be contenders for the event title.

   As for the women’s team, they look to improve on last year’s ninth place performance. Head Coach Jen Straub noted the excitement of that her team has going into the meet: “Having a love and joy for our sport allows us to step on the track with eagerness and a desire to improve.”

The storyline of this season has been several sensational school-record performances. Seniors Sarah Sears (mile and 3000m) and Stephanie Hautamaa (pole vault), juniors Caroline Yarbrough (5000m) and Tori Long (500m), and sophomore Maddie Hunter (1000m) all rewrote the record this season with new indoor school records. Sears (3000m) and the Women’s DMR Team (Mills, Daughters, Long, and Hunter) are ranked in the top twenty-five nationally. Each of the aforementioned athletes will threaten for the event title at the conference championships, along with middle distance runners Eleni Daughters ‘21 and Claire Nieusma ‘20 (800m). Straub noted the importance of previous meet success: “School records and the like are a wonderful byproduct of our athletes hard work and dedication which will reignite their passion in future events.”

According to Straub, the goal for the conference meet will be to “compete with tenacity and… enjoy the experience.” To achieve, Straub also noted that “if [the team] pays attention to the process and our daily progression, we should be competitive.”

Combined, the men’s and women’s team have broken a school record every day they have competed. Both teams look to continue that trend at the 2018 A-10 Indoor Championships, which begin on Saturday, February 17th.