Train with a NASCAR champion

DAVIDSON – The fourth and final event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge will start at 8 a.m. Sept. 7 as part of the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon.

It will be at the Ingersoll-Rand Corporate Campus, 800 Beaty St.

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Wildcats picked to finish fifth

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College men’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth (among 13 teams) in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s preseason poll, as voted by the league’s coaches. Also, Davidson freshman Matt Reinikka was named to the all-rookie team.

Saint Louis, ranked 15th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason National Rankings, received 10 first-place votes to take the top spot in the poll, while defending A-10 champion George Mason was voted second.

VCU received the final first-place vote and is predicted to finish third ahead of Dayton and Davidson, which became an official league member in July.

Reinikka, a defender from Mill Creek, Wash., was the lone Wildcat selected to one of the A-10’s preseason teams.

Wildcats split two matches

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College women’s soccer team opened the season by splitting its first two matches – a 2-0 victory against Winthrop and a 4-0 loss to fifth-ranked Virginia Tech.

The Wildcats scored first-half goals by Vicky Bruce and Kate Joss to beat Winthrop. Bruce, a junior, put the Wildcats up 1-0 with a penalty kick goal, the first score of her career, 20 minutes into the match.  

About five minutes later, Becca Fisher kicked a long through ball to a streaking Kate Joss. She gathered in the pass and shot to the far post for the goal, the fourth of her career. 

Goalkeeper Rachel Locke stopped four shots for her 15th career shutout. Davidson was outshot 29-3 in the loss to Virginia Tech, the first nationally ranked opponent the Wildcats faced since 2010.

Locke made eight saves.

The Wildcats will next host Alabama-Birmingham at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.