Track & Field Gears Up for Tournament

By: Iain Anderson ’21

Staff Writer

Unlike other college sports, track and field competes in two conference championships each school year—one indoors and one outdoors. It is a unique opportunity of which the Davidson men’s and women’s teams plan to take advantage.

The men’s team looks to improve on its ninth place finish at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships in Kingston, RI, where the home team, URI, took top honors. Current score projections place the men’s team in the middle of the pack, trailing conference rivals George Mason and Rhode Island. The young ‘Cats squad have progressed consistently over the course of the season; with each meet the ‘Cats have lowered personal standards and steadily climbed up the A-10 leaderboards. They had one of their best meet at the Duke Invitational, where they set two school records and five personal bests, which shows the team is peaking at just the right time.

Top A-10 performers will lead the young squad into Fairfax. Junior Brady Logan stands alone atop the A-10 leaderboards after his 16.52 meter heave at the Indoor Championships in February. Juniors Sean Caveney (400m hurdles), Dylan Carmack (5000m and 10,000m) are second in the conference, with both athletes closing the gap on current leaders. Redshirt junior and school recorder holder in the 200m and 400m, Jacob Hostetler, is in the top eight in both of his events. First-year Miles Hollimon (fourth in the 100m) will look to cap off his sensational opening campaign at the conference championships. Ian Robertson ‘18 (1500m), Daniel Alvarez-Orlachia ‘21 (800m), Will Jones ‘19 (3000m steeplechase), James Davis ‘20 (pole vault), Langston Stephens ‘21 (triple jump), and all three relay teams — especially the school-record holding 4×400 meter team (3:15.17) — threaten to score points at the conference meet as well.

Meanwhile, the women’s team placed seventh at the Indoor Championships, where VCU won the team title. Much like the men’s team, with each passing week the women have seen athletes ascend the leaderboards and set several new personal records. Much like A-10 favorites VCU and George Mason, the ‘Cats are deep — several athletes from vast disciplines are projected to score or could threaten to score at the conference meet.

Defending outdoor 5000m champion Caroline Yarbrough ‘19 currently leads the A-10 Performance Lists with a program record time of 16:20. Right on her heels is the indoor 5000m champion Sarah Sears ‘18. Sears also scored in the mile and 3000 meters at the Indoor Championships — a feat so incredible that it earned her Women’s Track Performer of the Meet. The two training partners are both favorites for the crown Sunday afternoon. Both Yarborough and Sears will again share the track in the 10,000m where they will face off against similar competition as they will see in the 5000m. Also leading the women’s team into Fairfax are sophomores Carly Peters and Makayla Binter. Peters — who qualified for the East Regional Meet in the javelin throw last season — stands second in the conference leaderboard, trailing fellow sophomore and last year’s A-10 champion Lilian Cook of Dayton. Binter sports a program record 4383 points in the Heptathlon, which places her second on the A-10 leaderboard.

In respect to the ‘Cats depth, Tori Long ‘19 (400m and 4×400), Katie Hines ‘20 (100m and 4×400), Sophia Mills ‘19 (800m, 1500m, and 4x800m), Eleni Daughters ‘21 (800m and 4x800m), Claire Nieusma ‘20 (800m, 4x800m, 4x400m), Maddie Hunter ‘20 (1500m and 4x800m), Katie MacTurk ‘20 (1500m), Stephanie Hautamaa ‘18 (pole vault), and Hannah Malkofsky-Berger ‘20 (pole vault) are all in the top twenty of their respective events. Last year, the women’s team title was won with 118 points and the ‘Cats have enough firepower to do just that.

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