Cary Academy had a great weekend culminating with a state championship, a state runner-up finish and two top-four N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 3A finishes on May 15 and 16.
The girls track and field team finished in second place with 98.5 points, well behind Providence Day (156) but well ahead of third-place Ravenscroft (65). The boys were fourth with 70 points, just behind Charlotte Christian (75.5).
The Chargers got girls’ titles from Shannon Stohlman in the long jump (17 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and Kreager Taber won the pole vault (10 feet, 10 inches) while Cary Academy’s Grace Goetz, Sarah Bodmer, Emily Lane and Morgan Goetz won the 4-by-800 relay (9:36.63).
Bodmer also won the 3200 (11:18.90) while Morgan Goetz was second in the 800 and Stohlman was third in the 200. Hannah Chow was third in the 300 hurdles
Teh boys were led by Sam Hines being second in the boys 300 hurdles, Tylor Moore’s third-place finish in the 200, Coleman Mitchell’s runner-up run in the 3,200 and Josh Mitchell’s second-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600.
Boys tennis: Cary Academy’s run to a repeat NCISAA dual-team tennis championship came with a big singles upset, hospital visits and IV bags.
Cary Academy defeated Charlotte Country Day 5-2 in the final on May 16 after rallying for a 5-3 victory over Covenant Day in the semifinals Friday.
The semifinals win was helped by Patrick Mulqueen battling through severe cramps to take a victory at No. 4 singles and Calvin Ma fighting off two match points during a tiebreaker at No. 2 singles.
Mulqueen was ahead 3-0 in the third set Friday when he began to have cramps, which quickly worsened.
“We didn’t know if he could continue,” Cary Academy coach Taylor Meyer said. “But he hobbled through it. It was amazing to watch. I don’t know how he did it. To me it was like a miracle. He couldn’t run but managed to win.”
Mulqueen received IVs at the hospital, but Meyer was unsure how Mulqueen would play Saturday.
He and Kevin Wu won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles in the final and Brett Hodgdon and John Peterson won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. Cary Academy led 2-1 after doubles when Ma and Alex Yang lost 8-5 at No. 1.
Yang pulled a big upset at No. 1 singles, claiming a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kavir Kumar, who is ranked among the top players in the state. Mulqueen gutted out a 6-3, 6-5 win at No. 4.
Ma clinched the title by fighting off two set points in the first set before winning the tiebreaker 7-5 and serving out for the victory in the second set 6-4, despite severe cramps that also required an IV.
“I didn’t know what to expect in the finals because our semifinals were so tough,” Meyer said. “I was proud of the boys for giving such a great effort. They left it all on the court.”
Girls soccer: The Cary Academy girls soccer team ended the season in the NCISAA 3A semifinals with a 15-2 record. Over the past two seasons, Jeff Costa’s Chargers are 29-5-1 with a state runner-up finish in 2014.
Tim Stevens contributed to this report.