With the school year winding to a close at Durham Academy, the DA girls track and field team ended on a high note by placing a respectable third in the teams standings of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state meet.
But it was the individual events that produced the most excitement, with some Cavaliers setting records.
Cha’Mia Rothwell won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches, and the 200-meter dash in 25.11 seconds. Rothwell also finished second in the 100 meters and 100 hurdles. She tied the DA school record in the 100 meters at 12.28.
Eliza Dekker set a meet record in the 800 meters and placed second in the 3200 meters. Her first-place time of 2:12.85 in the 800 broke the record ( 2:14.03) set last year by former Raleigh Ravenscroft runner Wesley Frazier, who’s now at Duke.
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“Yesterday our 4-by-8 team won, so I knew that I could run fast,” Dekker said. “I just went out hard the first lap and held on. ... (Wesley Frazier) is amazing and she’s won like everything, so it’s awesome. It’s such an honor.”
DA’s 4x800 relay team of Dekker, Eliza Granger, Katie Concannon and Alice Ward slipped past rival Cary Academy for the state title.
Peyton Dilweg recorded two personal bests in the hurdles and finished third in the long jump and triple jump. Track and field had coach Dennis Cullene noted that Dilweg ended her prep career as the second best athlete DA has ever had in each of those four events. “She is a tremendous athlete,” he said.
The DA girls scored 95 points among the 22 teams, just two points shy of second-place Ravenscroft.
On the boys side, Stephen Watson won a state championship title in the long jump with a leap of 20-9.75 to help the boys finish in 10th place.
Cullen praised both teams via email.
“I think your effort and attitude throughout the season were outstanding,” he wrote. “It was a great pleasure for me to walk down to practice every day.”
DA’s boys lacrosse, which was seeded No. 7 heading into the tournament, advanced to the championship game before falling to Charlotte Latin School.
Boys tennis lost to Cary in the semifinals, while girls soccer did likewise, losing to Providence Day School in the semis.
In the heartbreaker match of the day, girls lacrosse lost 12-11 to Ravenscroft in triple overtime.
Durham Academy capped off the spring sports season with its annual Spring Varsity Athletic Awards program on Sunday. More than 30 student-athletes were honored for their athletic achievements.
Baseball: Jack Clayton, Neil Cornwell and Aaron Therien
Golf: Will Beischer (medalist), Quade Lukes, Dylan Lukes and Allen Smith
Girls lacrosse: Jordan Barry, Madi Dunk, Naomi Lerner, Chloe Lewis, Leander Perun and Hannah Pope
Boys lacrosse: Ian Concannon, Slater Daniels, Spencer Hallyburton and Karl VonZabern
Girls soccer: Lakin Barry, Tara Nagar, Jaya Perentis and Dana Williams
Softball: Geri Williamson and Annie D’Amico (honorable mention)
Boys tennis: Justin Warren (TISAC Player of the Year), Jason Lapidus and Jake Tillman (honorable mention)
Girls track & field: Eliza Dekker, Eliza Granger, Katie Concannon, Alice Ward, Eliza Dekker, Peyton Dilweg and Cha’Mia Rothwell (TISAC Athlete of the Year).
Girls lacrosse: Jordan Barry, Madi Dunk, Naomi Lerner and Chloe Lewis
Boys lacrosse: Spencer Hallyburton
Girls soccer: Tara Nagar
Boys tennis: Justin Warren
NCISAA Track & Field
Individual state champions
Cha’Mia Rothwell: high jump and 200m
Stephen Watson – long jump
Eliza Granger, Alice Ward, Katie Concannon and Eliza Dekker – 4x800 relay
Eliza Dekker: 800m
Lakin Barry, Tara Nagar, Jaya Perentis, Dana Williams, Caroline Ghio (honorable mention) and Dana Rowe (honorable mention)
N.C. Soccer Coaches Association
Tara Nagar and Dana Williams
High School All-Academic
Jordan Barry, Naomi Lerner, Chloe Lewis, Helen Morgan and Jordan Townsend
TISAC Sportsmanship Award winners
Lily Ronco and Jack Clayton
Kurt F. Meyer
Senior Athletes of the Year
Naomi Lerner and Khari Williams